A new Trojan has been discovered targeting Windows 10 users. That Trojan, called Dyreza or Dyre, has been known to steal passwords entered through all popular internet browsers – including Microsoft Edge.
Here are some fast facts you need to know about Dyre:
-It targets computers running Windows 10 and has already infected 80,000 Windows 10 machines
-The Trojan is delivered via a downloaded malware file named Upatre
-The virus was first spotted in July 2014, where it was seen targeting Windows users using Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer
-The latest iteration of the virus has been seen targeting Microsoft Edge users
-Microsoft Edge users currently make up a small number of the global browser market – approximately 8% of computer users are currently running Windows 10 – but this is still a significant threat to all Windows 10 users or anyone thinking of upgrading
In a statement on the threat, Heimdal Security made the following dramatic announcement:
“Lagging cyber security education and the amount of software vulnerabilities that plague all platforms, but especially Windows-based PCs, are creating an environment that’s so rich in opportunities to exploit that cyber criminals can simply not resist.”
In other words, modern PC security is so atrocious that cyber criminals would be stupid not to exploit today’s users.
Trojan Targets All Operating Systems
No Windows operating system appears to be safe from the Dyreza Trojan. The Trojan has been spotted affecting all of the following versions of Windows:
-Windows 7 Service Pack 1
-Windows Server 2003
-Windows Vista SP2
-Windows Vista SP1
After attacking your machine, the Trojan attempts to launch its code into the following browser processes: chrome.exe, chromium.exe, firefox.exe, iexplore.exe, and microsoft edge.
Silver Linings: At Least Microsoft Edge is Popular Enough
If you’re looking on the bright side, then there is some good news for Microsoft: Windows 10 and the Edge browser have become so popular that people are now taking the time to make Trojans and viruses specifically targeting the software. That’s good news, right?