Automated Blackmail Malware Gathers a File of Shame

By Gary Cutlack on at

A piece of malware given the name of Delilah by security researchers has been found trying to use social engineering and blackmail techniques to force employees to hand over sensitive data, with the ultimate ambition of ensnaring a worker's loyalty via blackmail and turning them to the dark side.

It's really quite an impressive piece of work, one that collects personal information including family profiles and workplace data and more, plus there's a social element that can allow it to steal pics from webcam streams -- potentially capturing Mr Banker in incriminating situations with sex chat sites. The idea being that once a file's been populated with enough stuff, the worker can then be coerced into handing over company access or data of more value in order to keep their own business private.

It's not quite the key to riches for all hackers that it appears, though. The sheer quantity of data it harvests makes it quite the pain for bad people in black hooded tops to manage, so there needs to be some initial targeting work done first, as there's not much point in building up a file full of data on the lives of boring everyday people who spend their days on Reddit and eBay. [Gartner via The Register]

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