Hackers debut malware loaded USB ruse

Hackers debut malware loaded USB ruse
Hackers debut malware loaded USB ruse

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By John Leyden
25th April 2007

Malware purveyors deliberately left USB sticks loaded with a Trojan in a 
London car park in a bid to trick users into getting infected.

The attack was designed to propagate Trojan banking software that swiped 
users' login credentials from compromised machines.

Check Point regional director Nick Lowe mentioned the ruse during a 
presentation at the Infosec trade show on Tuesday, but declined to go 
into further details, citing the need for confidentiality to protect an 
investigation he's involved in.

Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer of security firm F-Secure, said 
separately that Trojan code was replacing phishing emails as the 
preferred method for fraudsters to rip off users' account details.

Banking Trojans are written for profit and sold through Russian language 
websites and elsewhere for between $2,000 and $5,000. Two of the main 
groups of Trojan malware authors - Corpse and SE-Code - are based in 
Russia and "market" the Haxdoor and Apophis strains of banking Trojans. 
An unknown Russian speaking virus writer group is behind Torpig, another 
banking Trojan family. Malicious code variants of the Bancos Trojan are 
sold by an unnamed group in Brazil. =C2=AE

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