Password-stealing malware hidden in open-source software — what to do

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Nasty malware that steals passwords from Google Chrome and can also take screenshots and use laptop cameras has been hidden since December 2020 in a widely used software repository, and there’s no telling how many applications and other programs may have been infected as a result of this “supply chain” attack. 

The malware has been removed from the software repository, but the damage is already done. If you happened to run software that, unknown to the software developers, contained this hidden malware, you may have been spied on and your passwords stolen. Unfortunately, we don’t yet know what was built using these corrupted components.

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