Trojans Shifting Focus to Less Widely Used Browsers

Current versions of the SpyEye Trojan now include functionality designed to steal sensitive data from individuals surfing the Web with Chrome and Opera browsers according to a Brian Krebs report.

Current versions of the SpyEye Trojan now include functionality designed to steal sensitive data from individuals surfing the Web with Chrome and Opera browsers according to a Brian Krebs report.

SpyEye and similar Trojans are capable of recording and logging all their victims’ keystrokes. According to Krebs, this process ends up amassing a lot of unnecessary data for individuals who are only really interested in financial information. So many attackers specify certain types of websites and forms, recording and logging it before the data is encrypted and sent along to the Web site requesting it.

Krebs claims that Trojans have been capable of grabbing data like this on Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox for some time. What makes this new version of SpyEye interesting, he says, is that it is the first time he has seen a major banking Trojan advertise its ability to grab data in this way from Opera and Chrome browsers.

This new development in banking Trojans undercuts the very feelings of security that Krebs claims have drawn users away from the more widely used and targeted browsers like IE and Firefox and towards fringe browsers like Chrome and Opera.

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