Hackers are turning James Webb Telescope images into malware


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The first image from the James Webb Telescope may bring more than images of distant galaxies to your computer. Securonix, a security analysis firm, published an advisory this week highlighting a new malware campaign incorporating the first image of the space telescope. The company called the campaign “GO # WEBBFUSCATOR.”

However, you probably don’t have much to worry about if you see the famous image on your screen. That’s because you’re not meant to see it. The malware attack targets users via an email phishing campaign with a Microsoft Office file attachment. Once on your machine, the virus downloads a copy of the first image captured by the James Webb Telescope, and within its metadata is malicious code that could harm your computer. According to Securonix, all antivirus programs failed to detect the malicious code.

Securonix Vice President Augusto Barros said popular science that hackers probably employed the Webb Telescope because users would dismiss the image as harmless since they’ve seen it so often since its release.

“If an anti-malware solution flags it for review, the reviewer may miss it, as it’s been an image shared across multiple channels lately.”

First image from the James Webb Telescope showing distant galaxies.

gadget points out that GO # WEBBFUSCATOR is written in Golang, Google’s open source programming language. Malware using Gloang is on the rise due to its cross-platform support and the difficulty in finding and examining malware written in that language.

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