Cybercriminals Use Legitimate VMware Binary to Create New Malware Threat

| October 5, 2017

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Researchers discovered a new banking Trojan that exploits an authentic VMware binary to deceive security tools into accepting errant activity.According to Cisco Talos, the researchers recently observed the new malware campaign in Brazil. The operation targets the South American banking sector and attempts to pilfer the personal details of users for illegal financial profiteering. In addition to masquerading as a legitimate process, the Trojan uses a wide range of techniques to stay hidden. IT decision-makers should stay alert to the risk posed by fast-changing malware methods and ensure that users throughout organizations follow accepted best practices.

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