Trojans are among the most dangerous malicious pieces of software in existence, and Konni is one of their latest representatives. If Konni is in your system, it is crucial that you have it removed as soon as possible.
There’s hardly a web user out there who has never before heard of the term ‘Trojan horse’. And even if you don’t know much about this type of computer viruses, you still probably have some idea about how dangerous they are.
Furthermore, Trojans also happen to be among the most common threats found online, which has also contributed to them being so infamous. In fact, more than 3 out 4 malware attacks that occur over the internet are attributed to Trojan horse viruses like Konni.
And there are a couple of pretty solid reasons why hackers and cyber criminals prefer to employ Trojans for the execution of their evil agendas as opposed to other types of malware.
The Konni Malware
Trojans such as the Konni Malware are notoriously versatile and can be programmed to do a whole range of different tasks. The Konni Malware can steal data from your computer in a number of different ways and is therefore tightly associated with crimes such as identity theft and even just regular theft (e.g. having your bank account wiped clean, etc.).
In addition, variants like Konni are also capable of giving the hackers remote control over your computer and switching on your mic and webcam without your knowledge. Alternatively, Trojans like Konni can also be used to exploit the resources of their victims’ machines. Thus, your computer could now be mining cryptocurrencies, for instance, and sending them to the hackers. Or it may also involve your computer in botnets for the purposes of distributing spam or taking part in large-scale DDoS attacks.
As you can see, the possibilities are pretty much endless. These examples are barely scratching the surface of what a malicious piece like Konni can do.
Another reason why Trojans like Konni are largely preferred by cyber criminals is that they are incredibly stealthy. Most Trojans horse infections have no symptoms at all and there are no signs that would tip the victims off about the presence of a virus.
As a matter of fact, Trojans have been known to be able to hide deep in the system and remain undetected for months and even for years. And obviously, the longer a Trojan can remain in your system, the more damage it can cause.
You might be wondering how you landed Konni in the first place, and there’s no way of knowing for sure. But there are a handful of the most common means of distribution that it’s good to be aware of anyway, in order to avoid them in the future.
Malicious online ads (aka malvertisements) are a very popular means of distributing all sorts of viruses, not just Trojans. But perhaps the most common technique is via phishing emails. Typically they pretend to be sent from well-known companies or financial institutions. And they try to trick users into clicking on a link, downloading or an attachment or taking some similar action, which results in downloading the virus.