‘Earn Money’ Malware Hides Trojan

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 @ 02:05 PM gHale

Anyone that has an email box knows there are methods and products out there that hype the fact a person can earn easy money by just signing up for a certain program. Cybercriminals are now starting to focus on schemes that rely on apps.

There is now a piece of software called “How to Earn Money” which can “help” users make money quickly and easily, said researchers from Bitdefender.

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In reality, the application hides malware, identified by Bitdefender as Trojan.Fraud.A. Once installed, the program places itself in the Program Files folder, it creates shortcuts, and starts pushing HTML pages that advertise a tool that can “help you earn tens of thousands of dollars in just over a month.”

“Ex-retail slave discovers a simple system that generates up to $24,836.87 per month and only takes 30 minutes to get started. Watch this and see how simple it really is,” one of the ads read.

To gain possession of the miracle tool, the user must pay a fee of $37 (€28) or $47 (€35).

As in most cases, the victim never makes any money, but the cybercrooks who run the campaign certainly do.

Furthermore, to make the websites they push harder to blacklist and verify, the HTML pages that pop up on the screen after the application installs don’t reveal the domain on which they’re hosted.

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