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Viruses steal passwords

July 5 2007

World Wide Web embraced a new epidemic of computer viruses that steal passwords. About this in a research lab TrendLabs company Trend Micro, the manufacturer of network anti-virus programs, software and services for content protection.

Initially, the epidemic has affected thousands of popular Italian sites, then the attack "very quickly" spread across the globe. "Within 48 hours after the beginning of the epidemic has been hijacked more than two thousand Italian sites. Trend Micro documented the doubling of the number of victims every 6-8 hours" - said in a statement.

Malicious code, located on contaminated sites, establishes the user's computer program that can steal passwords and turn your computer into a server, intended for attacks on other computers. The code directs visitors to an infected computer to the server where the set of hacker tools Mpack, by which records information about attacked computers, including IP-addresses as well as vulnerabilities to hacking. "It is noteworthy that Mpack can be purchased at a number of Russian sites for about $ 700" - note to TrendLabs.

According to a senior researcher of Internet threats TrendLabs Ivan Makalintala, attackers use a number of malicious programs in order to remain undetected and to establish a program designed to steal personal information such as bank details and passwords, informs RIA Novosti news agency .

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