Windows learned to hack with a calculator

Windows learned to hack with a calculator

The attack begins by e-mailing a modified version of the Qbot virus. The launch of the harmful code occurs after the victim unpacks the ZIP archive and opens the ISO file. Next, using dynamically connected libraries, the virus creates a clone of the Calculator application.

As SC Magazine points out, "Calculator" is a trusted application in Windows 7, so the OS's security mechanisms do not see it as a threat. Once in the system, the virus begins to collect personal data from a computer, which may include passport data and passwords to bank accounts.

Experts recommend that users do not open deposits to suspicious letters, especially from unknown senders.

"It's gonna help with good protection against phishing, spam, and harmful e-mail programs," Mike Parkin, Senior Technical Engineer of Vulcan Cyber. "They can reduce risk, but ultimately it's just that users need to be more careful about what they download when they open a letter."

Vulnerability is only present in Windows 7. More new versions of Microsoft's OS, including Windows 10, are not subject to this mode of hacking.