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Houdini Malware targets your bank account



A new variant of Houdini malware is making its rounds. A combination of phishing tactics and link clicks attempts to install and delete bank account information through keylogging. As always, be careful when retrieving emails "from your bank".

The Houdini worm itself is not new and technically it is RAT, not a worm. Recently, the Cofense Phishing Defense Center has identified a new way to steal online banking cards. The attackers converted the original code from a Visual Basic setup to Javascript and launched a phishing campaign earlier this month.

Target persons receive an e-mail allegedly from their bank with the instruction to click on a link to complete a financial transaction. Clicking the link will download malware that includes a keylogger, an email credential viewer, and a browser credential viewer. Even these parts of the software are unoriginal and come from a different location. The goal here is maximum damage with minimal effort.

Once the malware is on your system, it will try to steal your bank login information and forward it to the attackers. These in turn use your credentials to make fraudulent purchases.

Here is the age-old advice of being careful about what you do in emails. If your bank ever sends you an e-mail with a message or a problem, do not click on the links in the e-mail. Instead, open a browser and navigate directly to your bank's website. Or call your bank.

No bank (or realistically any institution) will send you an e-mail asking for information that you already know. Unfortunately, you will receive email notifications about recent transactions as well as links to websites. Avoid clicking on these links and manually navigate to your bank's website. [ZDNet]

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