What do Leslie Jones, 500 million Yahoo accounts, America's voting system, Mark Zuckerberg, and your iPhone (probably) all have in common? Hackers. Hacking and security breaches blew up into a bigger deal than ever in 2016, to the point that practically every fortnight, there's news of another near-catastrophic breach in security.
Now, the latest scare comes from a security group called Check Point, which found that, potentially, images on LinkedIn and Facebook could be exploited to put malicious code on your computers. No official cases have been reported or confirmed by Facebook or LinkedIn yet, though Check Point notified them of the vulnerability in September.
It'd work like this...
According to Check Point, a corrupted image file would download to a user's computer, which unbeknownst to them would contain the notorious "Locky" ransomware. The unsuspecting user could then open the file, which would then trigger the release of the ransomware and install Locky. Locky is a malware released in early 2016, and is typically delivered via email, in Microsoft Word documents. Once installed, it will encrypt files and directories on a victim's computer and demand payment of about half a Bitcoin, or $365.