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Two new spyware threats

by Nikola Strahija on August 13th, 2005 Sunbelt Software, maker of the CounterSpy spyware remover program, announced its researchers had discovered a new spyware that installs itself via an Internet Explorer security exploit and is powered by the CoolWebSearch spyware application.


The code uses VX2/Transponder spyware application together with an unknown Trojan to steal sensitive financial and personal information and send it to a remote server.

Windows XP uses the Protected Storage area to record sensitive information, such as your browser's AutoComplete histories for URLs, passwords that you instruct Explorer to save and enter automatically, and data you submit to websites on SSL-protected forms. The Trojan horse reads this information, including "search terms, stuff you enter in forms, passwords, everything you enter at a bank," according to Eric Sites, Sunbelt's vice president of research and development - and then forwards the data to the server.

Sunbelt researchers discovered sensitive personal information (including bank account logins, credit card information, and billing addresses) belonging to thousands of people stored on a server that is physically located in the United States and that the data thieves were using as a drop-off for stolen data.

Alternative browsers, such as Firefox, do not store their auto-complete information in the Protected Storage area, and are therefore are immune.

Late last week, Webroot's researchers discovered a file compressed into a new variant of the SARS Trojan horse containing the words "ein Volk, ein REICH, ein Fuhrer !!!" beneath a Nazi swastika rendered in ASCII text.

The phrase, "one people, one nation, one leader," quoting Adolf Hitler is a popular slogan at websites run by white supremacist groups. The Trojan file that Webroot discovered had been compressed using the UPX compression method.


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