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According to a recent report from Deep Instinct, the Trickbot Malware may have stolen as many as 250 million email accounts including some belonging to governments in the US, UK and Canada.

The researchers are calling this new approach TrickBooster, and they say it first hijacks accounts to send malicious spam emails and then deletes the sent messages from both the outbox and trash folders.

In a recent investigation, Deep Instinct found a database containing 250 million compromised email accounts. The firm says millions of those belong to governments in the US and UK, as well as agencies in Canada. The database contained more than 25 million Gmail addresses, 19 million Yahoo.com addresses and 11 million Hotmail.com addresses. AOL, MSN and Yahoo.co.uk were also hit. As DeepInstinct points out, TrickBot could use those emails to distribute more of its own malware.

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