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Hackers pose as McAfee staff to trick users into installing malware

The Hindu | 19/10/2020 03:30 PM | Click to read full article

Chinese government-backed hackers impersonated as security provider McAfee’s staff to trick users into installing malware on their devices, a Google blog post stated.

The hackers would prompt targets to install a legitimate version of McAfee anti-virus software from GitHub, while the malware was being surreptitiously installed into the system. Google’s Threat Analysis Group that works towards thwarting cyberattacks identified the activity and sent them a prominent warning. The findings were shared with the FBI.