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by Dave Gradijan

Porn Plays Role in Malware Attack

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May 05, 20061 min
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

Using pornographic websites, hackers are launching a complex Trojan attack to compromise users’ PCs, The Register reports.

Labeled the Briz-F, the Trojan has been planted on porn sites and takes advantage of software vulnerabilities to compromise infected machines, primarily via drive-by downloads, according to The Register.

A number of the files that the Briz-F Trojan installs are programmed to self-destruct after carrying out their function, which makes it harder for users to know if their machines have been victimized, The Register reports.

A file labeled ieschedule.exe sends information from a victim’s PC to an address established by the attacker. The malware also downloads other files, such as as ieredir.exe, which redirects victims to fake websites when they attempt to use online services such as banking sites, according to The Register.

The attack was identified by Panda Software, a Spanish anti-virus company, The Register reports.

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Compiled by Dave Gradijan