China UnionPay Website Becomes Victim of Hack
A hacking attack dropped a backdoor Trojan on the China UnionPay website, reports news sources in China. The site runs a 'cross-bank credit card service' for over 170 million people across the country. The website www.chinaunionpay.com is the nation's sole national 'electronic payment network operator'. The planting of a backdoor virus program on this website by anonymous hackers could result in the leakage of customer information.
Engineers at 'Rising Corporation', a leading 'computer security' company in China detected and identified the backdoor program as "Backdoor.BlackHole.2005.a", which they said was capable of hacking customers' PCs when the latter went to the website.
The engineers said that computers with video cameras could fall prey to attack by the backdoor Trojan through which attackers could easily gain access to the users' private information. However, they said that since the program has become quite old by now, the anti-virus software could easily defeat it provided users upgrade the software into their systems.
According to a security advisory by security firm 'Sunbelt', a 'Backdoor' is software that enables an attacker to make unauthorized access to a computer by remotely controlling the machine while the user is unaware of it. A 'Backdoor' modifies the system thus compromising its integrity. This allows the attacker to use it for malicious purposes not known to the user.
The representative said that certain anti-virus companies took advantage of the situation by intentionally announcing the attack to promote themselves.
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