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Gamers in Asia the top malware target for October.

ESET : 12 November, 2007  (Technical Article)
ESET statistics for October reveal that the top threat in October had specific target audience and target information.
ESET has announced that a trojan that targets online gamers, in particular Asian users, was the number one threat to computer users in October. Accounting for 5.73% of detections made by ESET's ThreatSense.Net statistical reporting, Win32/PSW.Agent.NDP steals information from several sources, before sending the information to a remote attacker.

"Agent.NDP is an interesting threat as it does not exploit any security vulnerability and does not contain its own mailing engine," comments Pierre Marc Bureau, researcher, ESET. "Trojans are commonly used to perform identity theft and other malicious actions. In this case, Agent.NDP seems to target the popular Chinese online games, Forthgoer and AskTao, attempting to steal information such as usernames and passwords, which can then be exploited in a variety of ways for illegal gain."

Most probably installed after being downloaded from a website, Agent.NDP copies itself, upon execution, in the user's temporary folder and writes a DLL in the same folder. It then injects the DLL's code into explorer.exe to monitor system's execution and find the information it is looking for.

Second in the ranking for October, is INF/Autorun, which reached 3.45 % of detections during last month. This label is used to describe a variety of malware that use the file autorun.inf. The file autorun.inf contains information to run programs automatically when removable media is inserted into a computer. Viruses that install or modify autorun.inf files are detected as INF/Autorun by ESET NOD32. Malicious programs that spread on USB sticks are often detected as INF/Autorun.

Top 10 Threats for October 2007:.

1 Win32/PSW.Agent.NPD - 5.73%.
2 INF/Autorun - 3.45%.
3 Win32/TrojanDownloader.Ani.Gen - 2.80%.
4 Win32/Adware.Virtumonde - 2.72%.
5 Win32/Agent.BCK - 2.05%.
6 Win32/Adware.Virtumonde.FP 1.40%.
7 Win32/Agent 1.34%.
8 Win32/RJump.A - 1.33%%.
9 IRC/SdBot - 1.22%.
10 Win32/Adware.Agent.AB - 0.99%..
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