Windows virus steals login details for online bank accounts

Apple Store Online“Security experts are warning about a stealthy Windows virus that steals login details for online bank accounts,” BBC News reports. “In the last month, the malicious program has racked up about 5,000 victims – most of whom are in Europe.”

“Many are falling victim via booby-trapped websites that use vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s browser to install the attack code,” The Beeb reports. “Experts say the virus is dangerous because it buries itself deep inside Windows to avoid detection.”

“The malicious program is a type of virus known as a rootkit and it tries to overwrite part of a computer’s hard drive called the Master Boot Record (MBR),” The Beeb reports. “Once installed the virus, dubbed Mebroot by Symantec, usually downloads other malicious programs, such as keyloggers, to do the work of stealing confidential information.”

“Most of these associated programs lie in wait on a machine until its owner logs in to the online banking systems of one of more than 900 financial institutions,” The Beeb reports.

“The Russian virus-writing group behind Mebroot is thought to have created the torpig family of viruses that are known to have been installed on more than 200,000 systems. This group specialises in stealing bank login information,” The Beeb reports. “Although the password-stealing programs that Mebroot installs can be found by security software, few commercial anti-virus packages currently detect its presence. Mebroot cannot be removed while a computer is running.”

“Computers running Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 that are not fully patched are all vulnerable to the virus,” The Beeb reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Barry” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Note: For Mac users who run Windows: The Beeb reports that GMER “has produced a utility that will scan and remove the stealthy program.” GMER is an application that detects and removes rootkits on Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista. More info here.


  1. Everyone panic!!! Head for the hills there’s a Quicktime proof on concept that’ll overflow your buffer!!! Call Rob, Call Devorak. We need hit pieces ASAP!! And for God’s sake, SWITCH TO V-I-S-T-AAA!!!

    Oh, by the way Russian hackers launched a Windows virus that steals your bank account. You might want to burry your checkbook.

  2. Excellent point, MacB!

    You pretentious MAC sheep get all high and mighty with declarations that you don’t have to deal with viruses or “everything just works.” Whatever. MACs are expensive!

    Whine all you want about “Windows is hard” or “PCs are ugly” or “I know a guy who couldn’t get rid of viruses on his Windows machine so he bought a new computer” but at the end of the day they cost less than a MAC. Dorks.

    Your potential. Our passion.™

  3. Why the hell does the media refer to everything bad on a computer as a “virus”. This isn’t a virus. This is malware. Viruses “infect” programs and files, thus the name. This is a malicious piece of software that uses a trick to download itself. There hasn’t been an actual virus in god-only-knows how long. Sorry, pet peeve.

    But whatever you call it, this is the type of security problem that doesn’t happen on a Mac!! You can’t bury sh*t into Mac OS X like you can Windows. You can’t trick Safari into downloading and running something just by visiting a website.


  4. MDN is just mentioning this for Mac users who have to use Windows.

    It has nothing to do with an ‘In Your Face’ to the Windows trolls that seem to need to frequent this site to feel better about their stupid computing choices.

    I believe you MDN, even if no one else does.

  5. > Yeah…but running Windows is cheaper….

    And not having to worry constantly about malware… priceless.

    FYI – Since I don’t have pay for anti-virus protection “subscription” annually, “running” a Mac is cheaper.

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