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PC-nuking malware sneakily replaces popular free software on FossHub

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Aug 4, 2016.

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    This isn't good. Two of the most popular programs on download site FossHub were recently replaced with malware that nuked the master boot records on any PC unlucky enough to install it.

    The free software site had to act quickly after hackers infiltrated it through compromised user accounts. While the hackers were in the system they managed to replace the installation files for Audacity and Classic Shell with malicious downloads.

    Both programs are two of the more popular downloads on FossHub. In the case of Audacity, a popular audio editing and recording program, FossHub was able to catch the malicious file before anyone downloaded it. Beloved Start menu replacement Classic Shell wasn't so fortunate. About 300 downloads of the bad file occurred before FossHub shut it down.

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