RedLine malware shows why passwords shouldn’t be saved in browsers

The RedLine information-stealing malware targets popular web browsers such as Chrome, Edge, and Opera, demonstrating why storing your passwords in browsers is a bad idea.

This malware is a commodity information-stealer that can be purchased for roughly $200 on cyber-crime forums and be deployed without requiring much knowledge or effort.

However, a new report by AhnLab ASEC warns that the convenience of using the auto-login feature on web browsers is becoming a substantial security problem affecting both organizations and individuals.

In an example presented by the analysts, a remote employee lost VPN account credentials to RedLine Stealer actors who used the information to hack the company’s network three months later.

Even though the infected computer had an anti-malware solution installed, it failed to detect and remove RedLine Stealer.

The malware targets the ‘Login Data’ file found on all Chromium-based web browsers and is an SQLite database where usernames and passwords are saved.

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