Kaspersky Lab Cautions about Rogue Trial Resetter Tool
Kaspersky Lab the prominent developer of secure content as well as threat management cautions computer operators that they should be careful while using software cracks and key generators since cyber-criminals are abusing them for invading unwitting users' systems. Mb.com.ph published this on March 11, 2011.
Actually, cyber-criminals are employing a malware that has been detected as Trojan-PSW.MIL.Agent.wx, which, however, claims to be Kaspersky Trial Resetter, a tool with which an expired period of software evaluation can be reset. But, rather than make the evaluation period longer, the Trojan captures data from a contaminated computer such as passwords that relate to applications loaded onto the computer or those stored inside its Web-browser.
Stated Kaspersky, the Trojan mostly targeted the Internet Explorer browser of Microsoft followed with Mozilla's Firefox, Google's Chrome as well as Opera. According to it, Trojan-PSW.MIL.Agent.wx has hitherto seized data from accounts in MSN counting 400, EBay -175, Facebook -169 and ICQ -116. ABS-CBNnews.com published this on March 11, 2011.
Said Nicolas Brulez, security specialist at Kaspersky Lab, hopefully the above statistics would make users understand that taking down pirated software from the Internet wasn't something safe. For, when anyone felt he was taking down a crack to solve security problems the eventual result was that he became infected. Moreover, it was also evident that storing passwords inside a user's browser wasn't good enough too, Brulez added. ABS-CBNnews.com published this.
Brulez further noted that the identified Trojan was developed on January 31, 2011 from when it had been circulating to contaminate computers till February 6, 2011 when it was spotted. During this 23-day period, the malware already infected 1,109 PCs, the specialist reported.
Significantly, the maximum number of contaminations was identified in Germany, which reported 29% of infections followed with Holland at 11%. France recorded 3% of the total contaminations, while UK and Poland were at 1% each. However, 55% of the total contaminations were distributed across the entire globe.
Says Brulez, cracks as well as key generators can put people's PCs in trouble, stressing that crooks on the Internet are exploiting people's requirement for utilizing genuine software that don't carry a price tag.
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