Avast! There’s malware in that CCleaner software update | Ars Technica UK #CyberSecurity #TechNews
A software package update for a Windows utility product distributed by antivirus vendor Avast has been spreading an unsavory surprise: a malware package that could allow affected computers to be remotely accessed or controlled with what appears to be a legitimate signing certificate. The malware, which was distributed through the update server for the Windows cleanup utility CCleaner, was apparently inserted by an attacker who compromised the software “supply chain” of Piriform, which was acquired by Avast in July. There have been more than 2 billion downloads of CCleaner worldwide, so the potential impact of the malware is huge.