SINOWAL TROJAN RSA KNOWS NO IDEA WHERE IT COMES FROM

Updated: 11/07/2008 15:30
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The Sinowal Trojan virus tracked by RSA, which helps to secure networks in Fortune 500 companies, stole the details of about 500000 online bank

The Sinowal Trojan virus tracked by RSA, which helps to secure networks in Fortune 500 companies, stole the details of about 500,000 online bank accounts and credit and debit cards. RSA reports that the virus infected computers all over the planet with over 2000 domains compromised. Sean Brady of RSA's security division notes that the number of trojans and their versions is increasing particularly in the US and Canada. According to the RSA lab no Russian accounts were affected by the Sinowal virus.

This malicious software was describe by RSA as "one of the most serious threats to anyone with an internet connection" inasmuch as it operates in an invisible way using a common infection method known as "drive-by downloads". Thus, Internet subscribers get infected being unaware of the fact when visiting websites with booby-traps like Sinowal trojan.

Brady says that this particular trojan has existed for two and a half years quietly collecting information with the creators behind it periodically releasing new variants to ensure it stays ahead of detection and maintaining its uninterrupted grip on infected computers.

Despite great amount of information obtained by the RSA lab in the course of tracking the trojan since 2006 about its design and infrastructure there are no data on who is behind Sinowal. Some people suggest that the virus comes from Russia and Eastern Europe and historically there have been connections with an online gang connected to the Russian Business Network, yet in fact the exact origin of it remains unknown.


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