Amazon cloud hosts nasty banking trojan
SpyEye taps S3, adopts 'agile' programming
Amazon's cloud storage service has been caught hosting services used to control the notorious SpyEye banking trojan, researchers said.
Data compiled by antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab over a 11-day period in July showed Amazon's Simple Storage Service being used regularly to host SpyEye command and control channels. The botnet operators are most likely using victims' pilfered financial data to set up fraudulent Amazon Web Services accounts, researcher Jorge Mieres wrote.
It's not the first time Amazon cloud services have been tapped by botnet operators. In late 2009, researchers found the ZeuS trojan using Amazon's EC2 to help issue commands and updates to infected machines. The code base of ZeuS was later found to have merged with that of SpyEye.
Kaspersky's discovery came a few days after researchers from Trusteer reported that the developers of SpyEye have infused their code with sophisticated new capabilities that allow the malware to evade transaction monitoring services that banks use to detect fraud. Trusteer said they are at times seeing two new versions of the malware being released per week, a pace that represents a significant uptick over previous development schedules.
“SpyEye developers appear to have figured how these defenses operate and are now constantly trying to ensure their code activity flies under the radar of these detection systems,” Trusteer CEO Mickey Boodaei wrote recently. “SpyEye seems to follow Agile software development practices, namely it is flexibly and simply coded, and new configurations are being rolled out as quickly as possible by its developers.”
SpyEye has also increased its geographic presence and the number of financial institutions it targets. Institutions in the US, UK, Canada, Germany and Australia are most heavily targeted. ®
this is why
we can't have anything nice. Fuck the cloud.
This is no suprise
Many webmaster have seen all sorts of bad traffic originating from the amazonws for several years.
Search for "amazonaws.com plays host to wide variety of bad bots" to show a thread that has been going since 2009 on the topic.
Canada is targetted? How?
I can't do anything with my Canadian bank account?
I don't see a button to Wire funds. I believe you need to go in person to the branch to wire funds.
Interac Email transfer has a limit of $1,000 and you would still need another Canadian bank account.
I can make payments for bills (Internet and Electricity) etc, but they would need to set up an account with another Canadian Financial institution in order to accept payments for bills; and I am sure there are verifications steps required for that.
In fact the above 2 methods are the only way I know of that money can go away online from your bank account.
I am confused.
How do they expect to money out of a Canadian Bank account?
I am sure the above are the same for banks in other countries also?
So I am confused how they are able to empty peoples bank accounts.