back to article Cybercrooks breed SELF-CLONING MUTANT that STEALS your BANK DETAILS

Cybercrooks have put together a botnet client which bundles in worm-like functionality that gives it the potential to spread quickly. Seculert warns that the latest version of the Cridex (AKA Geodo) information stealing Trojan includes a self-spreading infection method. Infected PCs in the botnet download a secondary strain …

  1. TwistUrCapBack

    Jeez

    Thanks Cybercrooks ..

  2. John G Imrie

    By opening the file

    Well if MS hadn't decided to hide file extensions in the first place this would be much less of a problem.

    1. smudge
      Windows

      Re: By opening the file

      Ummm.... right. If everyone could see the file type, no-one would open dodgy attachments. Well, OK - whatever you say...

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Big Brother

        Worm-like information stealing banking Trojan

        "If everyone could see the file type, no-one would open dodgy attachments. Well, OK - whatever you say"... smudge

        If open wasn't the same as execute then email attachments wouldn't be dangerous.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Worm-like information stealing banking Trojan

          "If open wasn't the same as execute then email attachments wouldn't be dangerous."

          Or if email clients were configured by default to delete all executable/high risk attachments, and to have easily changed rules to adjust that as required.

          In a corporate world there's a lot more control of such things, in the personal world email clients have stagnated for years, with rudimentary filtering that is neither enabled by default, not lends itself to managing either attachments or embedded links and objects.

          I suppose the lack of investment in email clients is yet another casualty of Microsoft's "give it away free" policies of prior years. The sooner that company curls up and dies the better.

    2. N2 Silver badge

      Re: By opening the file

      Agree entirely

      The donkeys years old problem with the last three ie someexecutable.pdf.exe should have been fixed years ago as well.

  3. Amiga500

    German Marks

    Do Germans still trade in Marks? I thought it was single currency ie Euro

    1. O RLY

      Re: German Marks

      No joke icon, so I'll answer as if you meant it straight.

      The word "marks" there mean targets or victims, not the former currency used by the Germans.

  4. AlbertH

    Just one more reason to avoid Windoze.......

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