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Circulating Trojan file targets iPhone followers

updated 03:45 pm EDT, Wed September 24, 2008

Trojan targets iPhone fans

A Trojan attack in circulation is exploiting interest in the iPhone, say researchers with Panda Security. The company identifies the malware as Banker.LKCTrojan, an app which masquerades as a video of the iPhone. The associated file -- named "VideoPhone[1]_exe" -- specifically operates through a technique called pharming, in which DNS information is sabotaged to redirect a person to a malicious website.

Once run, the Banker malware conceals its activities by opening a browser window, and displaying a page selling iPhones. In reality Banker is modifying the host file of a victim's computer, switching the IP addresses associated with bank domain names, so they instead point to a spoof site. Here a person is prompted to share information such as account numbers and passwords, enabling easy identity theft.

The primary defense against Banker is said to be antivirus software, as this may prevent the malware from altering host files. Detecting infection is said to be fairly simple, as spoof sites will often have misspelled URLs, and lack security certificates by companies such as Verisign.




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  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    exe?

    Although the article is conspicuously silent on the subject, I'm guessing that the "exe" bit means this is a Windows problem? Add this to the list of trojans that I don't have to care about. Am I in the wrong place or is this still MAC-NN?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    um, no....

    The primary defense against Banker is said to be antivirus software,

    Gee, and I would think the primary defense would be not to play a 'video' file posing as an application.

  1. Jittery Jimmy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Clarification

    Just to clarify, this article is all about malware that runs under Microsoft Windows, and will be typically downloaded by a Windows user using Internet Explorer, and explicitly executed by the user.

    The technology involved here has zero to do with the iPhone, the Macintosh, or Apple computer.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Panda site

    Strangely, the Panda link above doesn't have any searchable reference to the details of this trojan, nor does a google search for banker.lkctrojan.

    So, what the heck?!

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    so was there a MacNN...

    ...article, back in the day, that said: "Circulating 'I Love You' file targets Hopeless Romantics"...?

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    People would be pretty...

    hard up to watch that video. There must be hundreds of iPhone videos on youtube. I guess a file like this could catch some naive users. How does it get on a person's computer? Through mail delivery or something?

    I can just imagine how SkyMarket and Android Store will be inflicted with this kind of stuff without anyone screening uploaded apps. Sounds scary to me.

  1. Roehlstation

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Ummm....

    Yeah....Panda Security....nuff said.


    On a related note.....

    How are all you Windows Users enjoying the latest "AntiVirus 2008" or the "AntiVirus 2009" that has been floating around?

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