CCleaner acts fast, transparent amidst cyber attack
More than two million people downloaded a malicious update for the free PC-cleaning software CCleaner. While the software has been downloaded over two billion times, the corrupted files only affected 32-bit and cloud versions of the update. It was released on August 18th, while the problem went undetected for four weeks and was resolved within three days thereafter. As soon as the issue was resolved, Vince Stekler, CEO of CCleaner, released a statement detailing the timeline of events and actions taken by the company to protect customers and eliminate the risk. In light of the massive data break Equifax suffered, it was critical for CCleaner to act fast and be transparent with their customers about the situation.
This is yet another example of how critical data security is becoming in today’s world where cyber attacks are becoming the new frontier.
CCleaner Response: https://blog.avast.com/update-to-the-ccleaner-5.33.6162-security-incident