Google security scientists are sharing new information about vulnerabilities detected in Chrome, Firefox, and Windows.
In an article, Google and Threat Analysis Group (TAG) detail actions taken considering that finding an industrial spyware operation with ties to Variston IT.
Based in Barcelona, Spain, Variston IT claims to supply custom-made security options. However, the business is linked to an exploitation framework called “Heliconia.”
Heliconia operates in 3 ways:
- It exploits a Chrome renderer bug to run malware on a user’s operating system.
- It releases a destructive PDF document including a make use of for Windows Defender.
- It uses a set of Firefox exploits for Windows and Linux machines.
The Heliconia make use of was utilized as early as December 2018 with the release of Firefox 64.
New details launched by Google reveals Heliconia was likely utilized in the wild as a zero-day make use of.
Heliconia poses no threat to users today, as Google says it can not identify active exploitation. Google, Mozilla, and Microsoft repaired the bugs in early 2021 and 2022.
Although Heliconia is covered, industrial spyware is a growing problem, Google states:
“TAG’s research underscores that the business security market is prospering and has actually expanded considerably recently, creating risk for Web users around the world. Business spyware puts advanced security capabilities in the hands of federal governments who utilize them to spy on journalists, human rights activists, political opposition and dissidents.”
To protect yourself versus Heliconia and other exploits like it, it’s important to keep your web browsers and running system approximately date.
TAG’s research into Heliconia is available in Google’s brand-new blog post, which Google is publishing to raise awareness about the danger of industrial spyware.
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