Kneber Botnet Targets Government Agencies with E-Card Scam

Wednesday Jan 5th 2011 by Kara Reeder
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Clicking on the links downloads two pieces of malware: a Zeus variant and a custom Perl script.

The Kneber botnet is up and running again, according to Help Net Security, this time targeting various government offices and agencies with a Christmas-themed electronic greeting card that seeks to harvest sensitive information.

Computerworld reports that clicking on the links downloads two pieces of malware: a Zeus variant and a custom Perl script that has been converted to an executable, which searches for Word, Excel and PDF documents.

Kneber was first detected early last year when it collected login credentials to online financial systems, social networking sites and e-mail systems from at least 75,000 computers at 2,500 companies and government agencies worldwide.

 

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