Who, or what, is NightHunter? And what do they — or it — want? Security researchers discovered last week that for the past five years, a mysterious group has been stealing user credentials from Facebook, Dropbox, Skype, Amazon, LinkedIn, Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, the Indian Web portal Rediff and several banks. Dubbed NightHunter, the campaign appears to have amassed an enormous database of stolen information.
The goals of the attacks remain unclear. NightHunter appears untargeted, simply interested in collecting as many user credentials as possible, according to Santa Clara, California-based security company Cyphort, which discovered and named NightHunter.
The NightHunter campaign involves several different types of keyloggers, including Predator Pain, Limitless and Spyrex. What sets NightHunter apart — and has made it so difficult to trace — is the fact that the keylogging malware relays its captured data back to the criminals in an…
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