Password-stealing Trojan cut off at source

Wednesday, 7 July 2004, 1:26 PM EST

An attempt to pinch user information from banking sites using a malicious pop-up program has been nipped in the bud, says Symantec.

Last week, security experts uncovered a Trojan horse -- dubbed PWSteal.Refest by the security software maker -- which installs itself through a pop-up advertisement when users logged onto the Web sites of any one of nearly 50 targeted banks.

Once installed, the Trojan logs the keystrokes and passwords of its victims' computers and sends the data back to a Web site listed by the program's creators.

By Zen Lee at ZDNet.

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