Firefox is getting its first tastes of malware thanks to a new Trojan Horse that masquerades as an extension for the browser. Security firm McAfee says the Trojan, which is dubbed FormSpy, relies on another Trojan known as Downloader-AXM to download and install itself.
Once downloaded, FormSpy installs itself as a Firefox extension.McAfee's FormSpy security advisory doesn't reveal which versions of Firefox are vulnerable, but it ranks the Trojan as a "low" risk and says it can be removed with the latest engine and definitions for the company's anti-virus software.
The program appears as "NumberedLinks 0.9" extension, McAfee said. The extension normally would allow a user to navigate links by numbers using the keyboard rather than a mouse.
Then, FormSpy can transmit information in a Web browser to another Web site, which could include credit card numbers, passwords, and electronic banking pin numbers, according to McAfee.
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