Feeds

Banking Trojan hides in fake Alonso F1 crash story

Crash test dummies

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Fabricated news of a supposed car accident involving Formula One star Fernando Alonso is being used to distribute a new banking Trojan.

The fake news story, supposedly from Spanish daily El Pais, has two-time motor racing champion seriously injured on Tuesday in an accident in the norther city of Bilbao. The bogus story, distributed via spam emails, links to a video clip depicting what appears to be a spectacular blaze. The clip installs malware onto the PC of those falling for the ruse.

Fake Alonso crash scam lure

The malware is identified by Spanish anti-virus firm Panda Security as Banker-LGC. "This is not the first time we have seen this piece of news used to spread malware though, as a few weeks ago we saw a very similar one, the major difference was that it was trying to install a Gaobot worm instead," notes Luis Corrons, technical director of PandaLabs.

Virus writers, who often latch onto real news events, also resort to making up fake news. At the start of the month one such attack claimed that the Third World War had begun in an attempt to spread another Trojan.

Planting key-stroke logging software onto compromised PCs sits alongside the use of phishing attacks as a means for hackers to gain access to online banking accounts. Traditionally phishing emails attempted to dupe prospective marks into visiting a website under the control of hackers and hand over account credentials.

Security defenders are getting better at identifying and shutting down (or at least blocking) URLs advertised in these messages, forcing fraudsters to switch tactics. A new run of scam emails, intercepted by security firm Trend Micro, attempts to trick users into emailing their login credentials to fraudsters posing as ISP system administrators. Variants of the attack targeting online banking login details can be expected to follow. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
One HUNDRED FAMOUS LADIES exposed NUDE online
Celebrity women victimised as Apple iCloud accounts reportedly popped
Rubbish WPS config sees WiFi router keys popped in seconds
Another day, another way in to your home router
Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome
64-bit browser loads cat vids FIFTEEN PERCENT faster!
NZ Justice Minister scalped as hacker leaks emails
Grab your popcorn: Subterfuge and slur disrupts election run up
HP: NORKS' cyber spying efforts actually a credible cyberthreat
'Sophisticated' spies, DIY tech and a TROLL ARMY – report
NIST to sysadmins: clean up your SSH mess
Too many keys, too badly managed
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
Attack flogged through shiny-clicky social media buttons
66,000 users popped by malicious Flash fudging add-on
New Snowden leak: How NSA shared 850-billion-plus metadata records
'Federated search' spaffed info all over Five Eyes chums
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
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.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.