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Electron Bot, malware that can take control of social media accounts, is spreading through Microsoft Store

The Malware has already claimed more than 5000 victims, and masquerades as popular games such as Temple Run

February 25, 2022 / 11:14 AM IST
Illustration by Suneesh K.

Illustration by Suneesh K.

A new strain of malware called Electron Bot, has already infected more than 5,000 machines worldwide. Once it takes over a victim's system, it can control their social media accounts on services such as Facebook and SoundCloud.

It is capable of registering new accounts, log in with your credentials, share posts, and even comment on and like other posts.

Check Point Research, the research firm that discovered the malware, found it was being actively distributed through Microsoft's official app Store,   where it masquerades as popular games like Temple Run or Subway Surfer.

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