Ramnit Virus Targets Banks

Trusteer, a Boston-based provider of computer aegis services, today appear it has apparent that an 18-month-old bastard has morphed into cyberbanking malware and is advancing U.S. and U.K. banks’ online aegis systems.

The bell-ringer said it captured and reverse-engineered configurations from the acclaimed file-infecting bastard Win32.Ramnit and begin it has congenital approach from the Zeus cyberbanking malware platform, including the adeptness to inject HTML cipher into a web browser, which it is application to bypass two-factor affidavit and transaction signing systems acclimated by cyberbanking institutions to assure online cyberbanking sessions. Zeus was aboriginal articular in 2007 and is accepted to accept afflicted millions of computers.

Ramnit was aboriginal detected in 2010 and targets .EXE, .SCR, .DLL. .HTML and added book types. According to Trusteer, the change of Ramnit into a artifice apparatus was fabricated accessible back the antecedent cipher of the belled Zeus cyberbanking malware belvedere was fabricated advisedly accessible on the Internet beforehand this year.

“The alteration of Ramnit into cyberbanking malware is a assurance of things to appear now that the Zeus cyberbanking malware antecedent cipher has been fabricated aboveboard accessible to anyone on the Internet,” said Amit Klein, CTO of Trusteer in a accounting statement. “Unlike the past, back cyberbanking institutions had to avert adjoin a bound cardinal of malware platforms, attacks can now appear from around any awfulcomputer application affairs — old or new.”

Microsoft has accounted the Ramnit bastard as a “severe” threat, and said it steals acute information, such as adored FTP accreditation and browser cookies, amid added threats.

Ramnit represents about 17.3 percent of all fresh malware infections, according to Symantec.