SECURITY ALARM MEDIUM InfoArmor has warned that a collection of hackers is dropping malware into otherwise innocent torrent files.
The gang is using a tool called RAUM, which InfoArmor said recently made an appearance on underground websites as a thing to buy and use to cause mayhem.
The tool is aimed at popular torrents, and seems to be able to react to twists and changes in popularity in its campaign to create a big as problem as possible.
"InfoArmor has identified a special tool used by cyber criminals to distribute malware by packaging it with the most popular torrent files on the internet," said the security firm in a blog post.
"The bad actors have analysed trends on video, audio, software and other digital content downloads from around the globe and created seeds on famous torrent trackers using weaponised torrents packaged with malicious code."
The good news is that you may not use torrent trackers or their wares. It is easy to assume that it is only copyright criminals who will be affected by this, but all sorts of people use torrent sites, even science types.
The suggestion is that it is the former that is most at risk, however. "Threat actors were systematically monitoring the status of the created malicious seeds on famous torrent trackers such as The Pirate Bay, ExtraTorrent and many others," added InfoArmor.
"In some cases, they were specifically looking for compromised accounts of other users on these online communities that were extracted from botnet logs in order to use them for new seeds on behalf of the affected victims without their knowledge, thus increasing the reputation of the uploaded files.
"In some cases, the lifespan of these seeded malicious files exceeded 1.5 months and resulted in thousands of successful downloads."
The firm explained that at least three of the better-known sites are affected: The Pirate Bay, Demonoid and Kickass Torrents.
The good news, as far as that expression extends itself, is that UK ISP users probably can't get within a whiff of these services thanks to official blocks. µ
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