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Super Trojan gets Symantec quaking

Symantec's Liam OMurchu (opens in new tab) handles Trojans every day through his work at Symantec.

But the Trojan.Silentbanker, which affects all versions of Windows since Windows 95, stood out as one of the most smartly build and therefore dangerously effective Trojans in the wild.

"This Trojan downloads a configuration file that contains the domain names of over 400 banks. Not only are the usual large American banks targeted but banks in many other countries are also targeted, including France, Spain, Ireland, the UK, Finland, Turkey - the list goes on." writes OMurchu.

It can successfully intercept account information that requires two-factor authentication before it is encrypted by the browser and sending it to the hacker's inbox.

According to Symantec's database, the Trojan horse can perform up to 11 different tasks ranging from capturing screenshots of websites and sending that to the attacker, to recording the user name and passwords.

Additionally, the Trojan horse can also update itself on a regular basis to continually evade antivirus application and uses both Firefox and Internet Explorer to commit its crimes.

The Security firm urges companies to update their antivirus applications to keep this nasty thing at bay.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.