Although much of the malware’s current sextortion threats are just bluster, Varenyky actually installs sophisticated spyware on its victim’s computers that pays close attention to browser activity.
When it detects a known adult phrase or website being typed into a search bar, it automatically fires up its screen-recording tools in the background — capturing any activity and sending it back to an unknown source on the Tor network. The malware also captures usernames and passwords that are saved in the victim’s browser — which are then paired with any recordings or activity data.
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Usually, these messages are part of a typical “click this link to win an i Phone” type of scam, but some of the messages contain content normally found in sextortion emails.
Unlike many of its brethren, Varenyky isn’t playing around when it comes to recording users.
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Some say it’s harmless, that neither the viewer nor the subject is at risk because no one is physically hurt.