Feeds

Phishing Trojan plays ping-pong with captured data

Hide and seek

The essential guide to IT transformation

Security researchers have identified a new Trojan which sends data back to attackers via an unconventional communications protocol (for malware) in a bid to escape detection.

The as-yet unnamed phishing Trojan transmits stolen information back to hackers via ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol) packets instead of email or HTTP packets, the standard route for transmitting purloined information.

After infecting a victim's computer, the Trojan is programmed to install itself as an Internet Explorer Browser Helper Object (BHO). The software then waits for a victim to post sensitive data online. This data, once entered, is captured by the Trojan and sent to attackers.

Instead of using email or HTTP POST requests, the Trojan encodes purloined data using a simple XOR algorithm before placing it into the data section of an ICMP ping packet.

"To network administrators and egress filters, this ICMP packet looks like legitimate traffic leaving the network. However, the ICMP packet actually contains encoded personal information entered by a user. The attackers presumably capture this packet at their remote server, where the packet is easily decoded to reveal the information entered by the user," reports web security firm Websense, which analysed the behaviour of the Trojan after being among the first to receive samples of the malware code. ®

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt
Defeat to Raytheon branded 'catastrophic result'
Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar
Plus: Syria's internet going down? That was a US cock-up
Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors
GPU-powered pen test yields more bad news about defences and passwords
Think crypto hides you from spooks on Facebook? THINK AGAIN
Traffic fingerprints reveal all, say boffins
Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA
Mr Burns vs. The Chocolate Factory, round three!
Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™
Cache crash causes contained choloric calamity
Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton
Dragnet surveillance picks up EVERYTHING, USA, m'kay?
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.