Trend Micro warns users of malware-ridden Cat pictures

Trend Micro warns users of malware-ridden Cat pictures

Attention cat-lovers out there, Trend Micro has reason to believe that hackers are using pictures of cute and furry feline to spread a type of ZBOT malware (TSPY_ZBOT.TFZAH) which has the ability to capture credentials and financial information.

According to the company, the aforementioned malware is embedded in to the picture using a method called Steganography. The malware cleverly waits, undetected by the security software, for the user to login to any of the listed sites and then it steals the user’s information.


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This kind of malware is nothing new said the Japan-based software company on their blog post. However, what makes it somewhat different from other ZBOT malwares is that it automatically downloads a companion virus called TROJ_FOIDAN.AX which “removes the X-Frames-Options HTTP header from sites the user visits, allowing websites to be displayed inside a frame.”

In addition to cats, Trend Micro also received reports that Sunset pictures are also used as a tool to spread the said malware. So just to be on the safe side, try not to succumb to the temptation of opening an email from an unknown sender containing a picture of a cat (or any picture for that matter) regardless of how cute it may be.

This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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