Brazilian Soccer Prodigy Neymar Used as Bait to Spread New Banking Trojan, According to PandaLabs
ORLANDO, Fla., June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — PandaLabs, Panda Security‘s anti-malware laboratory, has detected a new malicious code, Banbra.GYI, which uses a video of rising Brazilian soccer star Neymar to trick users. The video claims to contain erotic images of the soccer player with his ex-girlfriend. However, the truth is there is no such video and users who click the link will actually download a new variant of the well-known Banbra family of Trojans, which has been active since 2003.
Once activated, the Trojan infects the computer and delivers its payload. The Trojan is specifically designed to steal passwords for online banking services at financial institutions such as Banco Santander and American Express. Upon visiting one of the compromised websites, Banbra.GYI takes users to a fraudulent Web page where they are asked to enter their login details.
“You should always be suspicious of any messages with eye-catching subjects, as they normally contain malicious links,” said Luis Corrons, technical director of PandaLabs. “These Trojans usually spread through email as well as social media sites using links that claim to take users to a YouTube video but actually download the Trojan onto their PCs. The best way to protect your computer against these threats is to avoid clicking on links from unfamiliar sources or unexpected messages with unusually intriguing subjects.”
Individuals can protect themselves from Banbra.GYI and other threats with the new Panda 2012 anti-virus solutions. Learn more at http://www.pandasecurity.com/usa/homeusers/.
Since 1990, PandaLabs, Panda Security’s malware research laboratory, has been working to detect and classify malware in order to protect consumers and companies against new Internet threats. To do so, PandaLabs uses Collective Intelligence, a cloud-based proprietary system that leverages the knowledge gathered from Panda’s user community to automatically detect, analyze and classify the more than 73,000 new malware strains that appear every day. This automated malware classification is complemented through the work of an international team with researchers specialized each in a specific type of malware (viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware and other attacks) to provide global coverage. Get more information about PandaLabs and subscribe to its blog news feed at http://www.pandalabs.com. Follow Panda on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Panda_Security and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/PandaSecurity.
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