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Malicious Malware Uses Photos of Sunsets and Cats to Steal Banking Credentials
PETAPIXEL ^ | March 05,2014 | Gannon Burgett

Posted on 03/05/2014 12:16:51 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER

It’s a sad day for the Internet… according to Trend Micro’s security analysts, it’s been discovered that photographs of both sunsets and — even more heartbreaking — cats being shared across the web contain malware capable of getting into your bank accounts.

(Excerpt) Read more at petapixel.com ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Computers/Internet; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: banking; bankingmalware; kittyping; malware; virus
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1 posted on 03/05/2014 12:16:51 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

2 posted on 03/05/2014 12:19:56 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Slings and Arrows

3 posted on 03/05/2014 12:21:30 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Damn Cats. I always thought so.


4 posted on 03/05/2014 12:22:05 PM PST by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

"get out"

5 posted on 03/05/2014 12:22:20 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

CATS!! Say it ain’t so! I never met a cat picture I didn’t click. Spent three hours today with Norton help getting my PC declawed.


6 posted on 03/05/2014 12:22:33 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
And here we thought they were just cute n' fuzzy!



And they start young. These precocious kitties!


7 posted on 03/05/2014 12:22:33 PM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Daffynition
Beware of this scam


8 posted on 03/05/2014 12:22:38 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: dfwgator

Fortunately, my cat is too lazy to be much of a threat to anyone.


9 posted on 03/05/2014 12:24:14 PM PST by Pecos (The Chicago Way: Kill the Constitution, one step at a time.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

The website: Pet-a-pixel


10 posted on 03/05/2014 12:24:57 PM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

ZBot Removal Tool

http://www.hotforsecurity.com/download/zbot-removal-tool


11 posted on 03/05/2014 12:25:24 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I’ve written email-generating software for a former company. We could embed all kinds of stuff (for example, links, tracking software) in a white dot on a white page and nobody could see that it was there -— unless you had software to detect it.

Now, I did include legitimate links back to valid company business sites. Also, we could tell, with another package, who opened their email, etc. It was part of another package we bought (I didn’t work on that app).

Or clicked on it. Don’t click on anything you don’t know, even if it appears to come from someone you do know because their name may have been hijacked by some scumbag.

These include certain viral videos, like “don’t pull the gas nozzle out of your car while filling static thing causes fire” — I had to tell my relatives over and over to stop forwarding that stuff — it often contained Trojan Horses.

Speaking of trojan horses, I d/l Wise Registry Cleaner from CNET, usually reliable. I kept getting a warning of a Trojan Horse. It too over my Firefox new pages to a spam site.

Had to identify it and delete it via Control Panel. And use MalwareBytes to remove it. Then it popped up AGAIN and had to repeat the process (it was under another name).

Shame, shame, shame on CNET for distributing a Trojan Horse.


12 posted on 03/05/2014 12:26:01 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

NONONO! Not Cats!!!!!!!!!!! No fair!


13 posted on 03/05/2014 12:26:57 PM PST by faithhopecharity (" uri)
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To: LostInBayport; Admin Moderator

Are your certain that’s not just an admin?


14 posted on 03/05/2014 12:27:26 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: a fool in paradise; SWAMPSNIPER
That GIF is priceless!


15 posted on 03/05/2014 12:27:51 PM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: a fool in paradise

This is how my kitteh joined the mouse of the month club......I think......


16 posted on 03/05/2014 12:28:09 PM PST by Gefn (No whammies)
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To: Daffynition
Image and video hosting by TinyPic
17 posted on 03/05/2014 12:29:44 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: DariusBane

So did I. Cats are evil! Can’t trust the little furbags.


18 posted on 03/05/2014 12:30:06 PM PST by Constitution Day (Endeavor To Persevere)
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To: a fool in paradise
cute kitty *NOT!*
that's where I lost my
$$$$ and not the lottery..

19 posted on 03/05/2014 12:30:48 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: cripplecreek
GEEZE! I just got all the funky viruses, et al off my 'puter last night.....don't tell me, it's time to start worrying again!


20 posted on 03/05/2014 12:32:53 PM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: F15Eagle

CNET is now Trojan/Unwanted Program Central.


21 posted on 03/05/2014 12:34:44 PM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

22 posted on 03/05/2014 12:37:41 PM PST by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I would speculate, based on what I’ve seen, the average adult cat must sleep about 85% of the time if they can get away with it. That’s just what they do. The Sloth marsupial sleeps even more, at times exceeding 20 hours a day, and that’s when they’re in good health.


23 posted on 03/05/2014 12:38:27 PM PST by lee martell
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

“Malicious Malware Uses Photos of Sunsets and Cats to Steal Banking Credentials”

Pssst... the meaning of MALWARE: malicious software.


24 posted on 03/05/2014 12:39:59 PM PST by Mashood
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To: F15Eagle

M4L


25 posted on 03/05/2014 12:41:06 PM PST by Scrambler Bob ("The Pen" has a nice ring to it, kind of like "Graybar Hotel")
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To: SWAMPSNIPER; Slings and Arrows

Have you notified Slings and Arrows of this hairy development?


26 posted on 03/05/2014 12:41:16 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

You know i love cats but i never did trust them..


27 posted on 03/05/2014 12:42:33 PM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Can someone please explain what mechanism makes a PC execute hidden instructions in .jpeg files?

28 posted on 03/05/2014 12:44:01 PM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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For later.


29 posted on 03/05/2014 12:48:21 PM PST by lysie
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To: Rio

That’s Nuclear!


30 posted on 03/05/2014 12:48:21 PM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Lazamataz

Apparently so. Dang, been a long run.

Well, they’ve burned me.


31 posted on 03/05/2014 12:49:19 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

good grief typo

It took over my Firefox new pages to a spam site.


32 posted on 03/05/2014 12:51:03 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I wear a 3 wolf shirt that wards off these malicious attacks.


33 posted on 03/05/2014 12:52:15 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: BitWielder1
Can someone please explain what mechanism makes a PC execute hidden instructions in .jpeg files?

This one.


34 posted on 03/05/2014 12:52:27 PM PST by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER; All

I cannot believe people are so ignorant about protecting their computers and their personal information.

I have Norton Anti-Virus (since 1995) .. and I’ve never had a virus or malware ..... EVER. $40 annually is a great deal.

Secondly, I also have LifeLock to protect my personal info and my bank account. This costs me only $25/mo - and saves me from people trying to attack my stuff - which has already happened to me .. a company who I purchased an item from .. continued sending me stuff I didn’t order - and when I inquired - they threatened. However, when I threatened to sick my attorney on them for bank fraud, they sent me FREE return mailers and refunded the $320 they had fraudulently taken from my bank account. This resulted in my bank changing all my accounts and issuing me new cards. The reason the bank was so willing .. there was a phoney request for $5.82 from a company my bank had never seen on my account before. My bank and I agreed .. the request was probably somebody from the company who refunded me the $320, making a quick attempt to get their money back - and take everything from the rest of my account too.

That’s when I added the bank account surveillance from LifeLock .. have not had any more issues.

People need to be pro-active and get protected from people who want to take our money and our information.


35 posted on 03/05/2014 12:56:41 PM PST by CyberAnt (MY AMERICA: "... I'm terrified it's slipping away.")
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To: DariusBane

and I thought the worst thing mine did was chew my bed slippers.


36 posted on 03/05/2014 1:03:10 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Putting malware in lolcatz? Man, that is the lowest of the low. Basement cat will be dealing with these guys soon enough!


37 posted on 03/05/2014 1:05:44 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Focault's Pendulum; BitWielder1

Hehehe!


38 posted on 03/05/2014 1:08:59 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11))
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To: JoeProBono

I think that just about anything gets rid of ZBot.


39 posted on 03/05/2014 1:10:19 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: Tax-chick; Monkey Face; Darksheare; Cyber Liberty

Ping.
kittie stations!


40 posted on 03/05/2014 1:11:24 PM PST by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: F15Eagle

The problem with the “don’t click if you don’t know it” strategy is that it just doesn’t seem to work, in my experience. People can’t resist opening mail, or going to a website link someone forwards them. Even if they are very good about it, they can go to a legit website and get malware from a compromised banner ad. Might as well just plan on getting malware, and learn how to fix things when you do. I think of it like learning to change a tire and jumpstart a battery if you want to drive a car.


41 posted on 03/05/2014 1:11:54 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Focault's Pendulum

I LOVE that game!!!


42 posted on 03/05/2014 1:12:49 PM PST by Monkey Face (The world is a magical place full of people waiting to be offended by something.)
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To: Boogieman

Oh I agree. I made sure I underlined the hyperlinks. One of my users didn’t like the appearance but I wanted the customer to know they were links to take them somewhere. Because a lot of people don’t notice the cursor changing even when they mouse-over.

The other package told us when it hit their inbox, if they opened the email. It allowed us to throttle the email distribution to control being marked as spam. All in a total server/software package we could buy. It was another guy’s project but I heard many of the details.

But the first rule is don’t click on anything you don’t know -— but they are disguising stuff all kinds of ways now.

On another topic but mentioned on this thread, I say most of the identity theft is related to illegal immigration, when it became “an industry”.


43 posted on 03/05/2014 1:17:13 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: CyberAnt

That’s great to know about protecting everything on your personal internet, but some of us are below the poverty level and have to take the knocks when they come.

Solution? Check your accounts every day and dispute EVERY transaction you don’t recognize.

I caught a scammer from Europe once, being diligent about my account. The bank refunded my money as soon as I signed the affidavit and issued me a new card. It was only $50, but it meant a weeks’ worth of food and gas. :o])


44 posted on 03/05/2014 1:20:56 PM PST by Monkey Face (The world is a magical place full of people waiting to be offended by something.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

LOLCATS. I knew they were in on it from the beginning.


45 posted on 03/05/2014 1:23:24 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: ShadowAce

FYI - Of possible interest


46 posted on 03/05/2014 1:24:55 PM PST by Whenifhow
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To: 2nd amendment mama

ping!


47 posted on 03/05/2014 1:30:30 PM PST by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: ansel12

Yup, even a BB rifle.


48 posted on 03/05/2014 1:31:35 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; ...

[Ping and image thanks to Gefn!]



49 posted on 03/05/2014 1:40:13 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: JoeProBono

I was thinking more along the lines of just about all anti-virus/malware programs, Avast, AVG or McAfee, MalwareBytes, SuperAntiSpyware or Microsoft Security Essentials, Norton, etc, etc.


50 posted on 03/05/2014 1:40:39 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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