New keylogging trojan races around the world

A new keylogging trojan is racing around the world affecting thousands of new machines a day, warns security vendor PC Tools.

PC Tools' research team discovered the trojan and on Wednesday classified it as high risk. It is a new variant of the Keylog-sters trojan released last February. It captures screenshots of Web pages with login fields such as usernames and passwords, records the stolen data into a text file and uploads it to a private FTP server in a folder named after the infected users country.

Spokesperson for PC Tools Magida Ezzat said a large part of the problem with keylogging trojans is that desktop users receive no obvious indicators that they have been affected, leaving many unaware of the potential security breach.

"This is a regular keylogging trojan, but we have not seen one as wide spread as this. So far there have only been a few hundred cases in Australia, but thousands in the US and UK and other countries," Ezzat said.

Top banks, mobile phone companies, and airlines are among those already affected in over 50 countries, including Australia.

For more information about the trojan go to www.pctools.com/mrc/infections/id/Keylog-sters

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