RSA discovered enhanced phishing technique to swipe personal information

RSA said Monday that it discovered a new phishing technique that uses elements of a malware attack to swipe personal information. The discovery illustrates a series of attacks from the Rock Phish group, which is a gang reportedly based in Russia that has been targeting financial institutions since 2004. In general, the latest Rock Phish […]

RSA said Monday that it discovered a new phishing technique that uses elements of a malware attack to swipe personal information.

The discovery illustrates a series of attacks from the Rock Phish group, which is a gang reportedly based in Russia that has been targeting financial institutions since 2004.

In general, the latest Rock Phish attack includes the following:

  • Victim is duped into going to a phishing site;
  • Victim is infected with the Zeus Trojan even if he or she doesn’t submit information;
  • Zeus is masked;
  • The Zeus Trojan can take screen shots, control a machine and steal passwords so even if you don’t fork over information initially the malware will get it.

Among RSA’s key findings:

  • Rock Phish attacks account for 50 percent of phishing incidents and have stolen “tens of millions of dollars” from bank accounts.
  • This is the first time crimeware has been used in a Rock Phish attack.
  • Victims of these phishing attacks get their personal data stolen and are infected by the Zeus Trojan. Double the pain for victims.

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