Oh no, that James Webb Space Telescope snap might actually contain malware


Scumbags are using a photo from the James Webb Space Telescope to smuggle Windows malware onto victims’ computers – albeit in a roundabout way.

The malicious code, written in Go, is hidden in a .jpeg of the stunning first proper image taken by the recently deployed spacecraft.

More specifically, the obfuscated code is Base64-encoded and included in the .jpeg disguised as a certificate. The payload, dubbed GO#WEBBFUSCATOR, was not detected as malicious by antivirus engines in VirusTotal. This is all according to researchers at cybersecurity firm Securonix, who said they spotted and inspected the .jpeg’s contents.

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Source: The Register