Posts Tagged ‘banking malware’

Trend MicroSophisticated malicious software by cybercriminals designed to silently steal banking credentials from victimized systems has been swimming the World Wide Web since 2002. However, it recorded its highest infections in the past three months.

According to a new report from Trend Micro, they recorded over 200,000 new infections from July through September which is the highest number within a three-month period in 11 years. Cybercriminals are not only targeting the Europe and the Americas with the banking malware, but are also diversifying the banking customers they target by distributing the malware throughout the globe.

United States made up 23 percent of the new infections, Brazil 16 percent and Japan 12 percent. Other affected countries include India, Australia, France, Germany, Vietnam, Taiwan and Mexico. (more…)


Trojan via Skype

The updated version of bank malicious software Shylock appeared in open access.

According to security experts from the Danish company CSIS Security Group, last week publicly available update has started to extend banking trojan Shylock. One of the new features is the ability of the virus spread through Skype.

This addition allows a trojan to dispatch messages and harmful files by means of the client of the popular VoIP-service established on infected system. At this Shylock it is capable to bypass precautionary messages of Skype, and also to erase traces of the activity from its history.

Earlier in the Trojans already been implemented functional spread itself through instant messaging services such as MSN Messenger and Yahoo Messenger. Virus sends malicious links casual contacts in these applications. (more…)

Online bankingRemote banking and electronic payments via the Internet has made our life more comfortable – banking operations can now be performed from any location equipped with Internet access, without visiting a bank office.

However, we must constantly ask ourselves the question: how much of our equipment protected from the banking malware? A timely manner, we update their browsers and operating systems? It is known that about 85% of Internet users neglect regular installing the latest OS and application patches, thus increasing the possibility of breaking their digital devices almost tripled.

Number of programs, data stealing online banking is growing rapidly, the infection rate increased sharply banking malware. Take, for example, the rapid spread malware Citadel. This Trojan is designed specifically to attack Internet users and continuously improved since its introduction. Citadel is based on the code of one of the oldest and most popular in the hacker environment malware – bot Zeus. Since its release in the clear code of Zeus was the basis for the development of a set of banking Trojans, such as the latest versions IceIx and Citadel.

Just as Zeus, Citadel sold on the black market in the form of development packages that include the code and tools for its further improvement. Development packages allow cybercriminals to quickly and easily refine and customize the Trojans in accordance with their needs and characteristics of their botnet command infrastructure. Citadel authors went further, launching an online platform through which consumers can request packets from the authors Citadel options, report bugs, and even offer modules that extend the functionality of the Trojan. Thus, the malware has already turned into a full service, and the hacker community and their customers – to a full social network! (more…)