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article imageTrojan Sinowal steals 500,000 bank account details in US, UK, Australia and Poland

By Paul Wallis     Nov 2, 2008 in Crime
It was probably only a matter of time before someone started producing specialist viruses, but this one has got people worried. Sinowal is described as “…one of the most advanced pieces of crimeware ever created”.
I think we can wait for the reviews, but Sinowal got into 2000 separate domains. It doesn’t need applause.
The BBC:
The RSA's Fraud Action Research Lab said it first detected the Windows Sinowal trojan in Feb 2006.
Since then, Mr Brady said, more than 270,000 banking accounts and 240,000 credit and debit cards have been compromised from financial institutions in countries including the US, UK, Australia and Poland.
The thing is also being constantly updated, obviously a reactive approach to countermeasures.
The phraseology’s getting a little tense, too:
RSA described the Sinowal as "one of the most serious threats to anyone with an internet connection" because it works behind the scenes using a common infection method known as "drive-by downloads"."
"One of the key points of interest about this particular trojan is that it has existed for two and a half years quietly collecting information," he said. "Any IT professional will tell you it costs a lot to maintain and to store the information it is gathering.
"The group behind it have made sure to invest in the infrastructure no doubt because the return and the potential return is so great."
Great to know they’ve got a good business model, but it also means that whoever’s operating this isn’t short of revenue, either. That means, at some point, organized crime, as a reasonable guess.
If you’d really like some statistical nightmares:
Google, back in 2007, found hundreds of thousands of web pages with drive by downloads.
Internet security firms Sophos was finding 6000 new infected web pages this year.
Fortinet, another security firm, reported a big spike in total attacks this year from “10m to 30m” between July and September 2008. That’s everything including Trojans, phishing, and spam.
(What, BBC’s cutting down on “million” as a descriptor?)
To the total un-surprise of DJ, the social sites are a problem. Gosh, what a surprise.
“Think before you link” seems to be the main precaution.
I got anti virus alerts from a site which hit with four viruses, one of which was a Trojan, in four seconds. I literally had to debug, and after debugging, got two more infections.
Gee, I was thrilled. I had to make a conscious effort to avoid retaliation and getting myself in ah, difficulties, but it took me several hours to calm down.
Stock up on your anti virus stuff, and start figuring out way of forming cyber lynch mobs.
I just happen to have some cyber torches and pitchforks available...
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