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Pwning the clipboard - latest trick used in FakeAlert distri

by Marianna Schmudlach / August 19, 2008 3:07 AM PDT

19 August 2008

There are certain notorious threats for which the mere mention of their name can make malware analysts groan - Zlob, Pushdo, Dorf (aka Storm) to name but a few. Just recently, a new class of malware is starting to have that same effect - we are seeing an abundance of ?fake alert? trojans. This is malware designed to scam the victim into paying money to remove non-existent threats [1,2].

If the professional looking sites that are being used to distribute this fake alert malware are anything to go by, the criminals behind it are very organized. They are making significant efforts to evade detection and filtering - using polymorphic packing techniques and hosting the content on numerous domains.


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