Hiding your money under your mattress may seem like an antiquated idea, but it may be the only way to stop a new hybrid malware monster that is attacking American and Canadian bank accounts. Known as GozNym, the malicious code actually combines two already powerful viruses known as Nymaim and Gozi. The resulting Trojan is as ruthless as it is resilient, and it has already been used to steal $4 million from over 24 U.S. and Canadian banks.
According to the IBM X-Force Research team that first uncovered this dangerous new weapon, which is being wielded by Eastern European hackers, GozNym takes the worst of each of its “parents.” “From the Nymaim malware, it leverages the dropper’s stealth and persistence; the Gozi ISFB parts add the banking Trojan’s capabilities to facilitate fraud via infected Internet browsers,” the IBM team writes. “The end result is a new banking Trojan in the wild.” FULL REPORT