Coming Soon: A New Banking Trojan
Recently, a malware developer announced that he would launch a program dubbed Ares Trojan that would be one step ahead of the Zeus banking Trojan. According to security experts, both the programs concentrate on compromising financial and login credentials, as reported by InfoWorld on November 23, 2010.
The developer who joined "God of War," by uniting with 12 other hackers, who have utilized that name, explains the program as a small, lightweight executable that can escape antivirus and can be easily embedded into PDFs and other vulnerable files. This declaration was made via an online forum and did not disclose a fixed price for the program. However, it asked interested developers in posting add-ons for the project to get in touch with the creator.
As per the news, it was created from the ground up to be scalable and modular. Most of Ares' functionality is offered by modules that facilitate a great amount of Ares to be tailored and updated.
Ares is well known to the Zeus banking Trojan, which poisoned several netizens, and that means developers can utilize the code in numerous ways. The creator believed that it could also make it further tough for anti-virus applications to rapidly identify due to its modular structure.
Moreover, this is not the first incident when a malware developer has decided to undertake the titan of banking Trojans. One year back, security firms discovered advertisements for the SpyEye bot. That program was an effort to remove Zeus, including an additional feature called "Kill Zeus" that eliminated the competing malware from computers it infected.
According to the experts in the field of security G Data Software, Ares, via different methods, immediately after the start of sales on underground forums will extensively circulate. However, it is not possible to guess the actual number of alterations of Ares. Besides, objectives and mechanisms of this Trojan remain unknown along with the number of possible victims of cybercriminals.
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