23 June 2008,
A new generation of malware alware that looks for passwords to online games has emerged ? and its success rates are stunning. Last patch Tuesday, Microsoft added special detection functions for two contaminants called Taterf and Frethog to its Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT). The results sent back to Redmond surprised even Microsoft's malware specialists, who thought they had already seen it all.
On the first day alone, MSRT removed Taterf from 700,000 systems. In comparison, in the entire first month after the signatures for the Storm worm were added to the tool, only half that number of computers were found to be infected with the infamous bot network client. Online games such as Lineage Online and Legend of Mir are especially popular in the Far East. According to MSRT statistics, half a million systems in China alone were infected. But World of Warcraft and the Valves Steam client are also quite popular in the Western Hemisphere, where 230,000 Spanish systems ended up in third place.