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First Trojan to Attack Microsoft Anti-Spyware Product Discovered, Reports Sophos

  • 10 February, 2005 09:54

<p>Anti-virus experts at Sophos have discovered the first piece of malware to attack Microsoft's new anti-spyware product, currently still in beta.</p>
<p>The Troj/BankAsh-A Trojan horse is designed to steal passwords and online banking passwords from unsuspecting Windows users. The Trojan horse also disables Microsoft AntiSpyware, currently available only as a beta download from Microsoft's website, attempting to suppress warning messages that Microsoft AntiSpyware may display and deleting all files within the program's folder.</p>
<p>"This appears to be the first attempt yet by any piece of malware to disable Microsoft AntiSpyware, but it may be the first of many such future attacks," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "As Microsoft's product creeps out of beta, and is properly released and is adopted more by the home user market, we can expect to see more and more attempts by Trojan horses, viruses and worms to try and undermine its effectiveness."</p>
<p>Sophos experts have warned that, besides disabling Microsoft's anti-spyware product, the Trojan horse also targets users of UK online banks such as Barclays, Cahoot, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds TSB, Nationwide, NatWest and Smile.</p>
<p>"More and more malware is being written by criminals, designed to steal bank account information from innocent computer users," continued Cluley. "All internet users need to ensure their computers are properly defended with the latest up-to-date protection software and make sure they are not putting themselves in jeopardy."</p>
<p>Sophos continues to recommend that businesses ensure their computers are kept automatically up-to-date with the very latest protection against viruses, spam and malicious spyware.</p>
<p>news ends</p>
<p>About Sophos.
Sophos is a world leading computer security specialist, developing anti-virus and anti-spam software. Sophos is headquartered in the UK and produces solutions tailored for businesses of all sizes – from small enterprises to global corporations. The company is acclaimed for delivering the highest level of customer satisfaction and protection in the industry. Sophos's products, backed by 24 hour support are sold and supported in more than 150 countries and protect more than 35 million users.</p>
<p>Sophos's regional head office for Australia and New Zealand is in Sydney and hosts one of the company's three Computer Virus Research and Development Laboratories to provide global support services.</p>
<p>http://www.sophos.com.au</p>
<p>FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Sean Richmond (sean.richmond@sophos.com.au) is available for comment:
+61 2 9409 9100 (tel)
+61 2 9409 9191 (fax)</p>
<p>Sophos's press contact at Gotley Nix Evans is:
Michael Henderson (sophos@gne.com.au)
+61 2 9957 5555 (tel)
+61 413 054 738 (mob)
+61 2 9957 5575 (fax)</p>

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