A new variant of the particularly malicious Zeus family of Trojans has surfaced and is compromising computers at an alarming rate.
By Thomas Claburn
June 30, 2009 06:45 PM
New Trojan malware has been detected harvesting FTP account information from compromised computers.
The number of affected accounts identified by Prevx, a maker of computer security software, rose from 66,000 last Wednesday to 74,000 two days later.
According to Jacques Erasmus, director of research at Prevx, the Trojan is highly infectious.
"We rate this infection as critical," he said in a blog post on Monday. "The infection has a 'China Syndrome' potential. It includes a cyclic infection which leverages infected PCs to programmatically modify hi-volume Web sites to infect additional users who become part of the cycle. More users leads to more discovery of Web site admin credentials which in turn leads to more Web sites being modified to serve the infection which leads to more infected users."
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