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Trojan Banbra’s New Variant Steals Banking Details

According to the researchers at Panda Security, the notorious 'Banbra Trojan' has been recently identified in another version. Essentially, this malware is designed to capture end-users' online banking details, the researchers stated.

Just like the other versions, the new Banbra.GIM, which affects Windows 2000, 2003, NT, XP, ME, 95 and 98, creeps into computers via an e-mail purporting to have come from a particular banking community in Brazil.

The Trojan succeeds in contaminating numerous PCs by pretending to be a genuine security software. That means the fraudulent e-mail supposedly from the bank presents software that seemingly guarantees the user security while he conducts online banking transactions. But the program actually steals crucial banking details, the researchers elucidated.

Describing further the working of the Trojan, the researchers state that after it has invaded the computer, a window appears that offers a suggestion to load special software promising the user additional security for his banking operations. Relying on the message, if the user hits the "Confirm" option, then another window appears.

Subsequently, this new window presents a message that asks the user to furnish details pertaining to his account number. Once that is done, another message appears that says - the required information has been successfully transmitted. But in reality, the information entered is instantly transferred to the Banbra.GIM controllers.

Meanwhile, the Trojan is also known by other names such as Infostealer.Banker.E, PWS-Banker.dldr and Banker.Win32.Banker.ajhg.

Speaking further about Banbra, the researchers stated every day new malware in thousands, attempt to infiltrate computers and contaminate them with worms or viruses, steal vital data and possibly yield illicit financial gains. The Banbra Trojan too is one of those prominent malware samples infecting more and more computers, the researchers said.

Hence, advising users to watch out for this Trojan and to stop the spreading of infection to their systems, Panda specialists emphasized on enabling a computer firewall as well as installing the most recent computer updates along with updating antivirus software.

Users should remember to be careful while handling file transfers and e-mail attachments, the specialists added.

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