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computer ID theft

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posted on Aug, 17 2005 @ 09:09 PM
Remember a few weeks ago there was a story about computers being hacked and identities stolen?
The culprit has been identified as a key-logger and now there is a way to find out if your computer has the bug and also a way to remove it.

The keylogger itself is set up to run every time the computer restarts. A registry key is written which loads the keylogger even before any user logs into their account. Again, that entry can be identified in a HijackThis scan as O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [load32] C:\WINDOWS\System32\winldra.exe

This spyware also performs another very cute trick. Just in case someone has discovered that malware has been installed and tries to clean it off, a PE virus infects a harmless program set to load at startup. The program that is infected is chosen at random from the list of start up entries found in the registry. Once this is done, the computer is reinfected with this trojan when it restarts.

This keylogger appears to be designed specifically to capture passwords and user names. It captures chat sessions, collects passwords from various programs such as FTP clients. It reads information from the Windows Clipboard. It also captures data from Internet Explorer's "Protected Storage". This information is dumped into a log file. Once the log file reaches a certain size, the information is uploaded to a remote web server.

The spyware keylogger, named Srv.SSA-KeyLogger, secretly steals data from users' Internet sessions, including logins and passwords from online banking sessions, eBay, PayPal, and other programs that use html forms to collect personal information.

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