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Malware in news: Netwire

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  • February 16, 2021
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Malware in news: Netwire

Part of: GS Prelims and GS – III – Cyber security

In news

  • Activist Rona Wilson has filed a petition in the Bombay HC to seek a stay on proceedings against him.
  • He is in prison in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence case.

Key takeaways 

  • A digital forensics consulting company, Arsenal Consulting, was hired by Mr. Wilson’s defence team.
  • Its report states that for 22 months, Mr. Wilson’s computer was controlled by an attacker
  • His goal was to deliver incriminating documents onto Wilson’s computer, which formed the basis of the case against him.

Important value additions 

NetWire

  • It is a well-known malware.
  • It is also one of the most active ones.
  • It is a remote access trojan (RAT) which gives control of the infected system to an attacker.
  • Such malware can log keystrokes and compromise passwords.
  • Malware essentially does two things: (1) Data exfiltration (stealing data); (2) Infiltrating a system

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