Powerful Bank Account-Robbing Trojan, Tatanga, Foils All Browsers
A crafty and dangerous new banking Trojan could put your money at risk no matter what Web browser you use.
The Trojan, called Tatanga, is able to sneak undetected into PCs, and then inject code into virtually every Web browser," including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Netscape and Safari, according to the security website Softpedia.
By infecting Windows systems with the rogue computer code carried in the Tatanga Trojan, hackers can then hijack users' online banking sessions and gain full access to their finances.
Making it particularly dangerous is that many antivirus programs are currently unable to detect Tatanga, said researchers from S21sec, the Spanish firm who identified it.
It was not immediately known how Tatanga is transmitted to users. Often Trojans are contracted by opening an e-mail attachment or by simply visiting a website that has been secretly infected.
In addition to granting unimpeded access to online criminals, Tatanga can be maliciously deployed to harvest e-mails, block antivirus programs, decrypt encrypted software, and even remove competing Trojans including Zeus, another infamous piece of banking malware .
For Tatanga -- which also goes by other names, depending on the discoverer -- the best defense might be to avoid a standard Windows PC and to instead use a dedicated PC running only banking software or a Mac to conduct online banking.
Microsoft called Tatanga a severe threat, and recommends downloading its most up-to-date antimalware protection, version 184.108.40.206, which was released Feb. 26.
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