Stuxnet-like malware program targeting banking customers discovered


Security researchers have discovered a complex cybercrime group that targets banking customers in Mexico and other Latin American countries using an “unusually sophisticated” malware program. The program  shares features of the Stuxnet computer worm that caused substantial damage to Iran’s nuclear program, according to tech website The Next Web.

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Kaspersky Lab researchers said the “Dark Tequila” outfit has been active since 2013 and that its malware can self-propagate via infected USB drives, much like the Stuxnet worm.

“At first sight, Dark Tequila looks like any other banking Trojan, hunting information and credentials for financial gain. Deeper analysis, however, reveals a complexity of malware not often seen in financial threats. The code’s modular structure and its obfuscation and detection mechanisms help it to avoid discovery and to deliver its malicious payload only when the malware decides it is safe to do so,” Dmitry Bestuzhev, head of Global Research and Analysis at Kaspersky, said in a statement (TNW).

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