Virus provides hackers remote control of USB-adapter

Posted: November 17, 2012 in IT Security News, Security Notices
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Remote control of USB-adapter

Virus provides hackers remote control of USB-adapter, that read information from “smart card” users.

Malicious program that could allow an attacker to compromise the card readers for the “smart card” will be presented at the conference MalCon in India.

A group of researchers of the Luxembourg IT-Itrust Consulting announced the creation of a new virus that can provide remote access to hackers card reader for devices «Smart card».

The principle of the malware creators describe the upcoming conference MalCon in New Delhi, India, which will be held on November 24.

According to experts, the new virus that allows unauthorized access to connected via USB-port devices over the Internet.

In the process of gaining remote access to the device are then used middleware, established manufacturers of peripheral hardware, with which are connected to the card reader on the victim’s computer. This was announced by the developer of the virus Paul Rascagneres. According to him, the new virus is compromising the device in two stages – first connects to the USB-adapter with TCP / IP, then the second driver is installed on a computer intruder, gives the impression that memory card reader connected to it directly.

As noted by the developer, usually when installing card reader, Smart Card using special passwords. The prototype virus also contains a keyloggers, by which steals passwords, tracking keystrokes victim.

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