Skip to comments.Malicious Malware Uses Photos of Sunsets and Cats to Steal Banking Credentials
Posted on 03/05/2014 12:16:51 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER
Its a sad day for the Internet
according to Trend Micros security analysts, its 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.
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Damn Cats. I always thought so.
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.
Fortunately, my cat is too lazy to be much of a threat to anyone.
The website: Pet-a-pixel
ZBot Removal Tool
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.
NONONO! Not Cats!!!!!!!!!!! No fair!
Are your certain that’s not just an admin?
This is how my kitteh joined the mouse of the month club......I think......
So did I. Cats are evil! Can’t trust the little furbags.
CNET is now Trojan/Unwanted Program Central.
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.
“Malicious Malware Uses Photos of Sunsets and Cats to Steal Banking Credentials”
Pssst... the meaning of MALWARE: malicious software.
Have you notified Slings and Arrows of this hairy development?
You know i love cats but i never did trust them..
Apparently so. Dang, been a long run.
Well, they’ve burned me.
good grief typo
It took over my Firefox new pages to a spam site.
I wear a 3 wolf shirt that wards off these malicious attacks.
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.
and I thought the worst thing mine did was chew my bed slippers.
Putting malware in lolcatz? Man, that is the lowest of the low. Basement cat will be dealing with these guys soon enough!
I think that just about anything gets rid of ZBot.
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.
I LOVE that game!!!
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”.
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])
LOLCATS. I knew they were in on it from the beginning.
FYI - Of possible interest
Yup, even a BB rifle.
[Ping and image thanks to Gefn!]
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.
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