Dorkbot Worm Goes Global

Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 03:12 PM gHale

The malware involved in one of the more recent Skype spam campaign that might have affected over 1 million users, Dorkbot, is currently one of the most active threats that targets Latin America.

The malicious worm is very international but it’s most prevalent in countries such as Colombia, Mexico, Chile and Peru, said researchers at security firm ESET. Overall, 54% of Dorkbot infections were in Latin America.

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The worm, which specializes in stealing sensitive information such as usernames and passwords, can also recruit victims into a botnet.

It spreads via various mediums, including Skype, Windows Live Messenger, Twitter and Facebook. In most cases, victims end up enticed with the offer of a new phone or discounts.

Currently, the Dorkbot that’s making the rounds in Latin America can steal online banking credentials from victims.

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