BY ANTHONY NLEBEM
Microsoft, an American technology firm, has alerted millions of its users of a harmful malware called Raspberry Robin infecting windows networks.
According to Microsoft, the new Raspberry Robin virus is spread through infected USB devices and was first discovered in September 2021, targeting organizations in the technology and manufacturing industries.
The malware is capable of bypassing Windows User Account Control (UAC), and has already proven it can use the utilities available to the OS.
“Raspberry Robin is typically introduced via infected removable drives, often USB devices. The Raspberry Robin worm often appears as a shortcut. lnk file masquerading as a legitimate folder on the infected USB device,” according to Microsoft Security analysis.
The attack starts when a user downloads whatever app the malware is disguised as in the Google Play Store. These apps are listed in popular categories in the app store.
The malware can lead to victims receiving mobile bill charges.
Security researchers who spotted Raspberry Robin are yet to attribute the malware to a threat and are still working on finding its end goal.