What is the Raccoon Stealer?

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An information stealing malware that is usually delivered through email, known as Raccoon Stealer, was used to target eight Central government entities, including central paramilitary forces and the Income Tax department, an intelligence agency recently informed the affected agencies.

About Raccoon Stealer:

  • It is a kind of malware that steals various data from an infected computer. 
  • It is a classic example of information-stealing malware, which cybercriminals typically use to gain possession of sensitive data saved in users’ browsers and cryptocurrency wallets.
  • In the case of browsers, targeted data typically includes cookies, saved login details, and saved credit card details. 
  • In the case of cryptocurrency wallets (henceforth, ‘crypto-wallets’), targeted data typically includes public keys, private keys, and seed phrases
  • Once sensitive browser and crypto-wallet data is in the hands of cybercriminals, it will likely be used to conduct harmful activities, such as identity theft, cryptocurrency theft, and credit card fraud.
  • Like most info-stealers, Raccoon Stealer is purchasable.
  • The operators of Raccoon Stealer sell Raccoon Stealer samples to their customers (called ‘affiliates’), who then use the info-stealer to gain possession of sensitive data saved on users’ devices.    


Q1) What is Malware?

Malware, or malicious software, is any program or file that is intentionally harmful to a computer, network or server. Types of malware include computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, ransomware and spyware.

Source: Eight govt entities hit by info-stealing malware