In case you haven’t had your dose of paranoia fuel today, WikiLeaks released new information concerning a CIA malware program called “Grasshopper,” that specifically targets Windows.
The Grasshopper framework was (is?) allegedly used by the CIA to make custom malware payloads. According to the user guide:
Grasshopper is a software tool used to build custom installers for target computers running Microsoft Windows operating systems.
Grasshopper is designed to detect the OS and protection on any Windows computer on which it’s deployed, and it can escape detection by anti-malware software.
If that was enough for you to put your computer in stasis, brace yourself for a doozy: Grasshopper reinstalls itself every 22 hours, even if you have Windows Update disabled.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 7, 2017
As if this wasn’t alarming enough, the Grasshopper user guide even states upfront that Grasshopper uses bits from a toolkit taken from Russian organized crime.
I’d give some advice on how to duck any potential Grasshoppers, but I’m honestly at a loss. And considering I’m writing this from a Windows computer, I guess all I can say is, “Good luck.”
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