Our Most Popular Managed Services

If you need help deciding what services are best for your business let us know.

Logo

 
 Popular Services
 (502) 212-2525

Logo

 

Triad IT Blog

The Nigelthorn Malware is a Lot Less Friendly than its Namesake

The Nigelthorn Malware is a Lot Less Friendly than its Namesake

You can never be too careful about what you install on your computers. In this most recent example, Google Chrome users are finding themselves targeted by a new type of malware called Nigelthorn.

Nigelthorn’s Method of Attack
The scam works like this; you encounter a link to a fake YouTube video on social media. If the user clicks on this link, they will be asked to download the Nigelify extension from the Chrome Web Store before viewing the contents of the video. If the user installs this extension, this malware can run rampant on their system.

The Google Chrome Web Store has several measures put in place to keep threats from sneaking onto the store, but Nigelthorn’s code is found on an extension that has passed the Web Store’s tests. In this case, the affected extension, Nigelify, replaces all images on a page with images of Nigel Thornberry, a late 1990s/early 2000s cartoon character who has emerged as a meme in recent years. Essentially, this malware is taking advantage of people’s fondness for nostalgia.

Once Nigelthorn has been installed, it will affect the system in various ways. It can steal your data available through Facebook, but if this isn’t enough, it can also share itself out to any of your contacts via Facebook Messenger or tagging your friends to potentially infect them as well. This aggressive manner of spreading makes it quite effective at collecting a large amount of information, as well as keeping itself out there in the world, still relevant enough to be a concern.

Nigelthorn is also capable of using other malware tools in order to pull off its scam, including methods such as cryptomining and YouTube manipulation to raise money and attack more targets.

How to Prevent Infection in the First Place
Another big pain about the Nigelthorn malware is that it can be quite difficult to get rid of. If you’ve accidentally installed Nigelthorn in your web browser, it will close the extensions panel--an extreme way of keeping you from uninstalling it. The only way to get rid of this malware is to uninstall Chrome entirely, and you’ll also want to change any credentials that may have been stolen by the malware.

As is the case with most threats, the most effective countermeasure is to just not click on the link that downloads the malware in the first place. As long as a user knows not to click on suspicious links, Chrome can be reasonably safe.

For more information on the latest threats to your organization’s security, subscribe to Triad IT’s blog and reach out to us at (502) 212-2525.

What Are the Differences Between Business Intellig...
Businesses Thrive with Dedicated Proactive Mainten...
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Antivirus Edge Network Hard Drive iPhone User Tips Efficiency Maintenance Artificial Intelligence Software Digital Internet Explorer Spyware Ransomware Big Data Router Patch Management Telecommuting Websites How To Email Database Business Hackers Business Intelligence Hard Drives Dongle Phishing Collaboration VPN Company Culture Apple Value Communications Data loss Innovation Best Practices eCommerce Regulation Threat Network Security Internet of Things Managing Stress Microsoft Paperless Office Microsoft Teams Gadgets disposal IT Services Save Money Gmail Facebook Passwords Communication Settings Marketing Knowledge Remote Computing WiFi Computer Employer-Employee Relationship Lead Generation Wireless Charging IT Support Saving Money Wireless Tech Terms Virtualization Tactics Computers Cables Apps Mobile Devices Workplace Tips Analytics Specifications Telephony Backup User Tip Trends G Suite Excel Voice over IP Tech Term Network Attached Storage Business Computing Thank You Bandwidth Managed Service Tip of the week Mobile Security Smartphones Hosted Solutions Small Business Analysis A.I. Google Android Managed IT Services Unified Communications Data Protection Amazon IT budget File Sharing Conferencing Office Virus Applications Internet PowerPoint Microsoft Office Congratulations Machine Learning Document Management Law Enforcement Plug-In Miscellaneous Remote Monitoring and Management Technology Holiday Inventory Alert Outsourced IT Privacy Hardware Smartphone Server Browser Workers Password Spam Wi-Fi Technology Tips Cortana Business Technology Users Safety RAM Data Management Ink Processors Information Downloads e-waste IT Management Physical Security User Security Vulnerability Streaming Media Cybersecurity Managed IT Service WannaCry Bring Your Own Device Movies Data recovery Compliance Staff Tip of the Week Data Backup Sports Managed IT services Comparison VoIp Office 365 Paper Printing Backup and Disaster Recovery Blockchain Voice over Internet Protocol Reporting Data Breach HIPAA Laptop Online Shopping Proactive IT Connectivity Server Management Chrome Windows 10 Business Management Social Media Productivity Millennials Data Operating System Virtual Assistant Government Malware Tablet Sales Networking HP Content Filtering Environment Automation Cloud Computing Cost Management Hybrid Cloud Battery Cybercrime Cloud Twitter BDR Security Telecommute SSD

Newsletter Sign Up