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Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta disabled by BankAsh-A Trojan

by Nikola Strahija on February 10th, 2005 Microsoft's new prototype anti-spyware product has gained its first serious rival. The BankAsh-A Trojan disables completely Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta in an attempt to suppress any warning messages the package might display.

It deletes files within the program's folder and unlike other items of malware, BankAsh-A makes no attempt to turn off anti-virus applications.
The goal of BankAsh-A is to steal online banking passwords from Windows users.

The Trojan targets users of UK online banks such as Barclays, Cahoot, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds TSB, and Smile, to name a few. The malware records passwords and keystrokes once users of infected machines visit targeted websites.

This data is then surreptitiously transmitted to crooks, allowing fraudsters to later empty bank accounts. Rather than spreading on its own, BankAsh-A is distributed by either spam emails or by loading it onto a maliciously constructed website.

The use of malicious code and phishing scams in frauds cost banks an estimated £4.5m over the last year, according to October 2004 estimates from banking group APACS.

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