An old password-stealing malware called Agent Tesla is back and nastier than ever

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Andy Meek

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A new version of the remote access Trojan known as Agent Tesla has resurfaced, this time distributing what researchers have found is an updated version of the malware by using an infected email attachment that aims to steal everything from username and password credentials to a victim's cryptocurrency.

This malware is actually pretty common and has been around since at least 2014. Researchers at Fortinet in a newly published threat research report note that it's via a Microsoft Excel document attached to a spam email whereby the malware downloads and executes several pieces of code. "This malware," the researchers explain, "is used to hijack bitcoin address information and deliver a new variant of Agent Tesla onto the victim’s device." Regarding Agent Tesla, the researchers continue: "Most attackers like to spread malware in phishing emails. As a result, new phishing campaigns are detected every day by FortiGuard Labs. People should be more careful when opening files attached to email."

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