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Brazilian Trojans Now Attacking Banks in Europe; Kaspersky

Since long, banker trojans such as SpyEye or ZeuS have been aiming attacks on financial institutions in Europe, whereas similar trojans originating from Brazil have remained largely confined to Brazil itself. But, as per Fabio Assolini of Kaspersky Lab, the latter trojans are now widening their targets to countries such as Cape Verde, Spain and Portugal. SoftPedia published this on August 31, 2011.

Assolini states that it has been the nature of Brazilian cyber-criminals to remain extremely active so far as developing and spreading banker trojans amidst fellow citizens are concerned. Nevertheless, they're currently diverting their assaults outside Brazil and targeting European financial institutions too.

Subsequently, Assolini warns that during the past few months, a number of trojans were observed as being created in Brazil for attacking European banks particularly those of Portugal and Spain.

Banker 'Trojans,' understandably, impose severe danger on end-users since they threaten to drain all wealth of the victim out of his financial account. However, prior to that, the attackers seek to collect details of credit cards or bank accounts of the victim following which they manipulate the information and make illicit personal gains.

Elaborating further on the Brazilian banker Trojan, Assolini states that it has certain Portuguese and Brazilian banks' names that it targeted, embedded onto its code. And within other types of identical Trojans, one feature through which Brazilian customers' credentials can be stolen has been discovered. Additionally, during one malevolent proxy script frequently utilized during MitB assaults, several Brazilian banks diverted users onto one vicious host, while astonishingly a Portuguese bank was as well observed being aimed at during the assault.

Eventually, security specialists advise that to avoid financial fraud, users must use a trustworthy Web-browser during shopping or banking online that involve submission of private information. One more option, though hard for adopting, is to keep one separate computer for conducting such activities. In case no additional computer is obtainable, a virtual system can also serve the purpose. However, the most vital requirement towards not getting victimized with financial fraud is to always run a trustworthy anti-virus solution as also have one's security configurations updated.

Related article: Brazilian President's Party Website Disrupted

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