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Colin Mc Hugo
Security Engineer Manager & CEO at Quantum Infinite Solutions Group Ltd.

Popular YouTube Channel Caught Distributing Malicious Tor Browser Installer

October 4, 2022
Tor Browser Installer

A prominent Chinese-language YouTube network has actually become a way to disperse a trojanized variation of a Windows installer for the Tor Internet browser.

Kaspersky dubbed the project OnionPoison, with every one of the targets found in China. The range of the assault continues to be uncertain, however the Russian cybersecurity business stated it found targets showing up in its telemetry in March 2022.

The destructive variation of the Tor Internet browser installer is being dispersed through a web link existing in the summary of a video clip that was posted to YouTube on January 9, 2022. It has actually been checked out over 64,500 times to day.


The network holding the video clip has 181,000 clients and also insurance claims to be based in Hong Kong. The video clip is still readily available to see on the social media sites system since composing.

The assault rely on the truth that the real Tor Internet browser internet site is obstructed in China, therefore deceiving innocent individuals looking for “Tor浏览器” (i.e., Tor Internet browser in Chinese) on YouTube right into possibly downloading and install the rogue version.

Clicking the web link reroutes the customer to a 74MB executable that, when set up, is developed to keep individuals’ surfing background and also information participated in internet site kinds.

” Much more notably, among the collections packed with the destructive Tor Internet browser is contaminated with spyware that gathers different individual information and also sends it to a command-and-control web server,” Kaspersky scientists Leonid Bezvershenko and also Georgy Kucherin stated.

The destructive freebl3.dll collection accomplishes this by communicating with a remote web server that reacts back with a second-stage haul having the spyware, however just when the IP address of the target stems from China.


The spyware component additionally offers the capability to exfiltrate a listing of set up software application and also running procedures, internet browser backgrounds, targets’ WeChat and also QQ account IDs, along with carrying out approximate covering regulates on the target equipment.

What’s significant concerning the command-and-control web server (torbrowser[.] io) is that it’s an aesthetic reproduction of the initial Tor Internet browser internet site and also its download web links cause the legit Tor Internet browser internet site.

The advancement mirrors an additional project in which players searching for cheats and also splits on YouTube are being routed to video clips having web links to a harmful archive data dispersing details thiefs and also crypto miners. Google has actually given that ended the hacked networks.

The Cyberpunk Information has actually connected to the web titan for remark pertaining to the most up to date searchings for, and also we will certainly upgrade the tale if we listen to back.

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