Trojan Code Out; Attacks Imminent

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 @ 01:08 PM gHale

SpyEye source code is now out on the Web and any savvy cyber criminal could use it at virtually no cost or chance of getting caught, a researcher said.

SpyEye is a famous data-stealing Trojan that has been around for quite some time. “One of the most dangerous Swiss Army knives in malware is now available to billions,” said Sean Bodmer, senior threat intelligence analyst at security vendor Damballa.

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The SpyEye builder patch source code (release 1.3.45) was leaked by French security researcher Xyliton, part of the Reverse Engineers Dream (RED) Crew, Bodmer said.

“He was able to locate a copy of SpyEye builder 1.3.45 and created a walkthrough/tutorial that enables the reader [once in possession of SpyEye builder] to crack the hardware identification [HWID] which has been secured using VMProtect, a licensing tool that locks an installation of software to a particular physical device,” Bodmer’s blog said.

The SpyEye malware kit already saw use in cyberspace for some time now, but it generally sold at a price of around $10,000 — not a price paid by the average script kiddie, Bodmer said.

Perhaps just as important, the “crack” enables malware developers to avoid the attribution previously associated with the high-priced toolkit, Bodmer said. Where previous exploits using the kit could often track back to the original buyer of the toolkit, there have already been some SpyEye exploits spotted that have no attribution, he said.

SpyEye, which incorporated elements of the Zeus Trojan earlier this year, was already one of the top three threats on the Web this year, infecting some 2 million devices. “Now I expect that number to climb,” Bodmer said, possibly even displacing TDL and rogue antivirus threats, which occupy the other two spots in the top three.

“SpyEye has been on everyone’s priority list of threat discussions for quite some time, and is now going to become an even more pervasive threat,” Bodmer said.

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