By Andrew Brandt
The other day, Threat Reseacher Dan Para sent along the video clip below, which gave us all a good laugh. Dan had been researching a Korean-language Trojan downloader, but when he ran the file, he didn’t expect the downloader to retrieve not one…not two…but three separate rogue antivirus products.
The most amusing thing about the video is that these three rogues — named Smartscan, Antiguard, and Bootcare — decided to duke it out amongst themselves to be front-and-center on the desktop. But each time one of the apps would bring itself to the front, both of the others would respond in what can only be generously described as a slap fight. The results were, well, you can see for yourself.
In addition to pushing one another out of the top position, each vied with the other to concoct outrageous numbers of detections on what was, ostensibly, a clean testbed system. Antiguard reported 215 items of concern, while Smartscan reported 225 “detections” and Bootcare reported 245. Like their English-only counterparts, these rogues require you to make a purchase to clean up these purported problems.
By Andrew Brandt
Money drives the motivation for most cybercrime, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen a criminal try to earn their money by driving traffic to a Web site, rather than just taking your cyberwallet.
Some anonymous Trojan creator has taken a bold new approach towards a malware work ethic with his or her new browser hijacker Trojan: It creates an entirely new file suffix, and handling instructions within Windows, so that the new (.nak) file suffix integrates seamlessly into the operating system. The Trojan then replaces just the file suffix on any Shortcut that points to either the IE or Firefox browser, on the desktop or in the Start menu, with the new suffix. You may not even have realized that Shortcut files have file extensions. They’re normally hidden.
The net effect is that, on an infected computer, if you launch IE or Firefox by double-clicking one of the shortcuts on the desktop or in the Start menu, it opens a page to a Chinese portal — regardless of the Home Page settings in either browser.
It sounds more impressive than it turned out to be, even if it was kind of surprising at first, and despite the fact that the creators walked three sides of a square to get there. The only good news is that the changes the Trojan makes to the system are easily reversible. And you can still open IE and Firefox normally by launching them from the command line, navigating to the application itself in Explorer, or by creating new shortcuts to the applications.