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The internet’s leading banking trojan

The internet’s leading banking trojan

A trojan horse is a malware included in or disguised as a regular application to perform malicious activity such as stealing valuable data and user credentials, stealthy monitoring or controlling a computer, or encrypting a victim’s data and later claim for a ransom (known as ‘ransomware’).

Banking trojans are a type of trojan malware that steals credentials used in financial institutions which are sent to a remote server in near real time. They can also modify the user’s browser session to ask for personal information such as payment card number and PIN, one-time passwords, or even perform and approve unauthorized transactions on the user’s behalf.

Some banking trojans have the ability to be kept in an almost undetectable dormant state, until a specific event triggers the malware for action, for example, when a specific banking website is accessed.

Emotet, Zeus and Gozi are examples of prevalent banking trojan malware that primarily spread through spam emails. Frequently, the infection occurs when the victim unknowingly executes a malicious script, macro-enabled document files, or downloads malware via a malicious link. The spam message is usually very appealing and may contain familiar branding and language.


What you can do to prevent banking trojans


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