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Another banking Trojan called Bugat discovered

According to SecureWorks, the security company, its researchers have come upon "Bugat," a new Trojan that steals banking information.

The discovery occurred during January 2010, with researchers finding that Bugat's capabilities resembled the infamous Zeus and Clampi trojans that stole data. Security researcher Jason Milletary, member of the Counter Threat Unit of SecureWorks Research Team told this to SCMagazineUS.com on February 9, 2010.

Furthermore according to Milletary, SecureWorks has seen some 1,200-3,000-attack attempts from Bugat in the 1st week of February 2010. These attacks targeted the company's clients, the researcher reports. Darkreading.com published this on February 9, 2010.

Milletary states that his team observed a particular Zeus botnet spreading the Bugat.

So far Bugat has been mainly targeting corporate financial accounts.

Remarking about this characteristic marking the Trojan, security experts stated that with Trojan Bugat emerging, it became definite that new malware was greatly demanded for committing theft of financial credentials. They also said that with such malware, criminals still found it greatly profitable to execute wire and Automated Clearing House related frauds.

Evidently, the demand for new malware can be attributed to criminals' search for inexpensive substitutes, or malware, which security professionals haven't scrutinized much. With criminals steadily bringing in this kind of malicious software, it can unfortunately mean malware cost reduction and easier admission into the crime market.

Curiously, Trojan Bugat contains certain capabilities that aren't common for other bank information stealing Trojans. One of these is that it secures its interactions with the command-and-control center so that other hackers may not steal its stolen data. Moreover, it's capable of stealing FTP credentials.

However, Bugat has certain common attributes. These are capturing forms from Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers; seizing and erasing Firefox, Flash, and IE cookies; browsing as well as uploading files or folders stored on the victim's computer; and downloading code as well as running it. Additionally, the Trojan can wipe out system files as well as restart the infected system to prevent Windows from starting up.

Finally, SecureWorks reports that the new Bugat thus far is detectable by only 20 anti-virus scanners out of a total 51.

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