Viruses pack triple threat

Monday, 19 January 2004, 1:59 PM EST

Virus writers are going beyond "click to infect" programs by merging a trio of techniques to bypass security and compromise computers with malicious code.

Antivirus companies point to the increase in downloader programs in email as part of the trend toward more-complex attacks. These tiny Trojan horses are being used in combination with viral programs and Web site hosting to dupe PC owners and bypass security software.

The latest example of this approach uses a Trojan horse dubbed Downloader-GN. When run, the less-than-3,000-byte program downloads the Mimail.p virus to the victim's computer from a Web site in Russia. That virus then attempts to convince the user to type in personal and financial information, a technique known as "phishing."

By Robert Lemos at ZDNet.

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