Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Password stealers and Conficker top June malware:

Password stealers and Conficker top June malware: June proved to be another hot month for malware
with by a surge in attacks by a password-stealing bot and the return of old nemesis Conficker, according to a
report released Tuesday by security software maker Sunbelt. Designed to ferret out cached passwords and
log-in credentials for banking sites, "Trojan-Spy.Win32.Zbot.gen" was the second-most prevalent piece of
malware detected by Sunbelt last month, up from the No. 5 spot in May. The top spot, grabbing more than a
quarter of all detections, was held by "Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT," a generic form of malware with hundreds of
variations and sometimes associated with scareware and rogue security software, noted Sunbelt. The month
also marked a return engagement of Conficker, this time in the form of a variant called Downadup. Following
the path of the original Conficker, the new variant jumps on a weakness in Windows Server that allows code
to be executed remotely when file sharing is turned on, according to Sunbelt. [Date: 6 July 2010; Source: