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New Reductor Malware Hijacks HTTPS Traffic

October 4, 2019

Researchers have discovered a new malware strain, dubbed Reductor, that allows hackers to manipulate Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) traffic by tweaking a browser’s random numbers generator, used to ensure a private connection between the client and server.

Once infected, Reductor is used to spy on a victim’s browser activity, said the Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) at Kaspersky, which discovered the malware. Researchers said Reductor is being used for cyber espionage on diplomatic entities that are part of the post-Soviet republics known as Commonwealth of Independent States.

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