Regular users of Linux software have cause for worry, a rare desktop trojan called Hand of Thief has been making a number of appearances, and has been stealing banking logins and other web sign-in details from users that have been infected with the malware.
The trojan works with common web browsers including Firefox and Google Chrome, as well as 15 Linux distributions including Debian, Fedora and Ubuntu. You can only be infected by Hand of Thief by installing the software yourself, so remember to make sure that you verify that your downloads are secure before completing them. If you are being asked to download software in order to access “premium” content on a website, you should probably just stay away.
If you’re unsure about what a trojan is, or about the many forms that malware can come in, check out part 1 and part 2 of our beginners guide to malware. The guide explains what the forms are called, what they do, and how to protect yourself from them.
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