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Japanese porn websites spreading banking trojan, researchers warn

Japanese porn viewers are being targeted by a clever Trojan designed to steal banking credentials of compromised PCs and laptops, researchers warn
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Jul 17, 2014 9:18 pm

Compromised Japanese pornography websites are being used to share the Win32/Aibatook banking Trojan, designed to steal banking credential information and hosting provider account credentials. The Trojan monitors where users are going inside of Web browsers, redirects Web pages, and tracking data that is inputted into online forms, according to ESET researchers.

 

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Despite the Trojan being identified late last year, cybercriminals updated it a few months ago to target Japanese banks and other companies. Microsoft Internet Explorer remains the most popular Web browser in Japan - and despite great security improvements than previous versions - vulnerabilities are still being found and exploited.

 

"The exploitation success ratio is probably high enough for the Aibatook's operators," said Joan Calvet, ESET malware researcher, in a statement to SCMagazine. "Using a more powerful exploit pack and targeting other Web browsers would be the next logical step for the operators in order to increase the number of potential victims."

 

Cybercriminals routinely use pornography and online piracy websites to share malware and other security threats.

NEWS SOURCES:Scmagazine.com, Welivesecurity.com, 2.bp.blogspot.com

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