How is a cyber attack from photos?

How is a cyber attack from photos?

You need to be very careful about keeping your device and your data safe from viruses, phishing, and infected Wi-Fi networks. One of the most overlooked areas of data security challenges is photography. Many people may not know that the photos on our devices can also contain malware.

We didn't care about it. But malware can be injected into digital photos that look perfectly normal. The technique for doing that is called steganography, or the practice of hiding one file inside another, and it's always done maliciously.

In this process, malware is injected into the image by taking advantage of the data that comes with the image. Almost any image data can be edited to hide malware in it. More attractive and popular images such as those taken by James Webb are falling victim to the latest attacks.

Generally, such images containing malware are provided on various websites or documents. These are the basics, but different photo attacks are different.

Malware can be embedded in an image in different ways, for example appending to the end of the file description or changing the description of the data associated with the file itself. In a recent attack, a malware called 'ApplyRat' was injected from the browser tab itself.

 This malware was attacked using images placed in Microsoft Office emails. By the time the image is loaded, the malware has already started attacking the device. Any details can be used to deliver malware through images.

Such images can transfer code such as damaging the device's system, setting up ransomware or creating crypto mining code on the computer. New challenges are increasing with technology. In fact, any file can be used as a carrier - photos, videos or any digital documents.

One of the reasons these attacks work so well is because no one suspects the image. As in the present situation if any suspicious link, email, message or phone call comes, you definitely suspect that something is wrong and think of taking action on it immediately.

But normally, before downloading a good picture from the internet or loading a picture sent by a friend to your mobile phone, you don't think about any kind of cyber attack. This is why most photo attacks are successful.

To avoid this type of attack, various browsers have now provided security features. A feature is available in Chrome to stay safe from photo attacks. For this, go to the settings and click on the Privacy and Security option and then go to the site settings and click on the image option.

Another way to avoid this is to update your browser from time to time. As the company provides security updates along with new browser updates, it is necessary to keep updating the browser you are using.