Malware becomes business

— 2:37 AM on February 27, 2006

Ars Technica has an interesting post about a new strain of malware that is apparently being sold and used for financial gain. Panda Software uncovered evidence last week that a new Trojan horse, dubbed Trj/Briz.A, can be purchased and customized for a $990 fee that includes tech support and even potential modifications to keep it undetected. The Trojan is designed primarily to harvest personal information, such as bank details and data entered in web forms, and it also allows clients to monitor IP addresses, passwords, and even locate infected systems geographically. While Panda Software is reportedly working with other companies to uncover and shut down all sites related to the Trojan, it is unfortunately quite likely that this new malware will eventually spawn copycats—if it hasn't already done so.

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