Security vendor: Bank site hacked, dispensing malware

Bank of India’s Web site a source of huge malware distribution, according to Sunbelt Software.

The Web site of the Bank of India has been hacked and is now an unwitting dispenser of an enormous amount of malware code to visitors, including rootkits and trojans, according to Sunbelt Software, which advises not currently visiting the Bankofindia.com site.

"It's very pernicious stuff," says Alex Eckelberry, president of security firm Sunbelt Software.

Eckelberry says some of Sunbelt's employees happened to be doing research during the past few hours and visited the Web site and determined it was infected with at least a dozen malware programs attempting to infect any vulnerable machine used by someone visiting Bankofindia.com.

"We have Indian employees here trying to share this information with them now, which we're also sharing with organizations such as CERT," Eckelberry says. "It's a huge payload of malicious code," which Sunbelt is still analyzing, he says.

The payload from the Bank of India site is said to be attempting a number of Internet Explorer exploits to break into computers that may not be fully patched. Other types of software-application exploits may also be involved, which Sunbelt is still analyzing.

"Somehow the hackers managed to insert this code into the Web site," Eckelberry says. "We're seeing lots of rootkits and trojans, though not yet a keylogger."

Sunbelt says the situation is still fluid and every effort is being made to notify Bank of India, described as a government-operated site with more than 2,000 branches.

Read Sunbelt's description of the Bank of India malware problem.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ellen Messmer

Network World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Bitdefender 2019

This Holiday Season, protect yourself and your loved ones with the best. Buy now for Holiday Savings!

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?