Porn users online targeted by virus which records your screen for ‘sextortion’

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Web security firm ESET has issued the warning about the new Spambot Trojan after it was first detected in France.

The virus – named Varenyky – finds its way onto victims’ computers with the purpose of so-called “sextortion”. 

These have previously been dismissed as scams, but it now appears there is a genuine threat from Varenyky. 

It is programmed to copy the victim’s screen when it detected words commonly used to search for porn.

The malware also scoops up passwords and can access email so it can send the adult snaps to a victim’s friends and family – or be used for blackmail.

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WARNING: Porn users could have their screens recorded for ‘sextortion’ (Pic: GETTY)

“We identified malware that distributes various types of spam. ”

ESET

In a report, ESET said: “Researchers observed a spike in ESET telemetry data regarding malware targeting France.

“After further investigations, we identified malware that distributes various types of spam. 

“One of them is leading to a survey that redirects to a dodgy smartphone promotion while the other is a sextortion campaign. 

“The spam targets the users of Orange SA, a French ISP. We notified them before the release of this publication.”

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ADULT CONTENT: Porn users could have their viewing habits sent to friends and family (Pic: GETTY)

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SEXTORTION: Porn users have been warned not to open suspicious emails (Pic: GETTY)

Varenyky monitors your screens when it detects a string of explicit keywords, including names of popular porn sites.

It would begin to record your screen, and then send the recording back to the hacker. 

ESET does not know if these videos are being created merely for lurid curiosity, or if there are plans for sextortion. 

The firm said it currently has no evidence of anyone being blackmail – but it may be harvesting porn data for future use. 

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RECORDING: (Pic: GETTY)

ESET confirmed it is monitoring the virus but it is regularly being changed.

And this implies that the malware is still being developed by whoever is behind it. 

The malware finds its way onto your computer through spam emails which pretend to be invoices or bills. 

Computer users are urged never to open an attachment that looks suspicious to protect their security, and their machines. 

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