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  • Are you Folding@thome? You better hope not!


    With the sudden onset of COVID-19, and enthusiasts desire to help using the popular distributed computing platform 'folding@home', some have seen this as a disgusting opportunity possibly on par with the people buying mass supplies of resources and then reselling them with 400%+ markup.




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    With the rise in popularity of Folding@home, security researchers at ProofPoint have discovered a new phishing campaign that pretends to be from a company developing a cure for Coronavirus.




    These emails have a subject of "Please help us with Fighting corona-virus" and state that they want you to help "speed up our process of finding the cure" by downloading and installing the Folding@home client.




     






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    "RedLine Stealer is new malware available for sale on Russian underground forums with several pricing options: $150 lite version; $200 pro version; $100 / month subscription option. It steals information from browsers such as login, autocomplete, passwords, and credit cards. It also collects information about the user and their system such as the username, their location, hardware configuration, and installed security software. A recent update to RedLine Stealer also added the ability to steal cryptocurrency cold wallets," ProofPoint states in their report.






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    This malware can steal saved login credentials, credit cards, cookies, and autocomplete fields from browsers. It can also collect data from FTP and IM clients, steal files, download files, execute commands, and send information back about the computer.






    While I tend to think that anyone who would be interested in, or a part of, a distributed computing service is on the more tech-savvy side, I know it would be possible that someone 'heard about it in passing, and didn't know too much about it, but it sounded like a good thing' and see this email and then download the malware. One small giveaway, if your keen eyes noticed in the title, is the way they spell 'folding@thome' instead of 'folding@home'.




     




    The article finishes with this, however:

     




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    It should also be noted that Folding@home is a terrific project and just because people are performing scams in their name, does not mean it should be avoided.




    Just be sure to download the Folding@home client only from the legitimate site.




     






     




    The article:




    BleepingComputer




    The Report (also linked in the article):




    ProofPoint




     




    And if you are interested in getting started Folding@Home, LTT has a section dedicated to it, as well as an upcoming event. Sign up today!




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