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Tuesday, 05 February 2008 18:50

TrustDefender launches new Vista version and 'Kernel Forensics Engine'

Online transaction security software, TrustDefender, has launched a beta version designed for Windows Vista, while launching a new ‘Kernel Forensics Engine’ in the current XP version to help users detect, protect and secure all online transactions – and provide exclusive protection against the nasty ‘Silentbanker Trojan’ and MBR Virus.

The safety of online banking has been in the spotlight more than ever in recent times, as consumers and banks continue to suffer a range of attacks by hackers seeking to intercept banking transactions and ultimately steal usernames, passwords – and money.

The latest security threats revolve around the Silentbanker and Mebroot Trojans which use ultra sophisticated techniques including rootkits and installation into a hard drive’s master boot record (MBR) to hide in places that traditional ‘Internet security’ programs are, as yet, unable to detect or remove.

According to TrustDefender’s press release, ZDnet Australia reported on January 17, 2008, that the Silentbanker Trojan, which can operate in a number of different languages “is targeting the customers of 400 banks around the world, including banks from Turkey, the US, Europe and several banks in Australia.”

Ted Egan, CEO of TrustDefender, said that: “The TrustDefender Kernel Forensics Engine which has been incorporated into both our Enterprise Server and consumer focused TrustDefender Gold Edition security solutions, has undergone extensive testing and is able to detect, secure and protect online transactions against Trojans like the Silentbanker or MBR Virus which are almost completely undetectable by many of the anti-fraud and anti-virus solutions on the market today”.

Egan continued that: “We are now seeing the cyber criminals step up the pressure on consumers and financial institutions right around the world by developing sophisticated capabilities to remain undetected whilst intercepting valid e-banking transactions that use real-time two-factor security authentication, thus potentially accessing your banking information and funds.”

Unfortunately for the banks and their customers, the Silentbanker Trojan is able to bypass two and multi-factor security solutions, with Egan saying that: “The Silentbanker Trojan, which is beginning to generate cyber attacks all around the world, aims to enable hackers to get between the computer user and their financial institutions website undetected and manage the customer’s otherwise legitimate online banking activity - even where the financial institution has deployed multi factor or two-factor security solutions - so the cyber thieves are basically enabling themselves to do whatever they want with the customer’s bank account and their money”.

Highlighting just how sophisticated the Silentbanker threat is, Egan said that: “The fact that all Silentbanker generated transactions are seen as legitimate and there may be no immediate detection by either the bank or the consumer that the Trojan is carrying out this form of criminal activity makes this a very serious and sophisticated online security threat".

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As you'd expect, Egan believes TrustDefender is the solution, saying that: "However, we believe that as financial institutions worldwide take a proactive stance and rollout TrustDefender thereby complementing their existing online transaction security initiatives, this level of sophisticated cybercrime activity can be effectively combated and we can build greater confidence among their overall online customer base.”

In support of these statements, TrustDefender’s Labs Division has released a new industry report, entitled ‘The Power of TrustDefender Kernel Forensics Engine – Dealing with Today’s Silentbanker Trojan and Stealthy MBR Virus’.

The paper looks at what TrustDefender notes as “the two most recent and most horrifying pieces of crimeware circulating today – the Silentbanker Trojan and Mebroot Trojan or MBR (Master Boot Record) Virus”. The report looks at how these Trojans hide and demonstrates how TrustDefender’s technology detects, secures and protects online users against both, and countless other risks that potentially exist in the online world.

TrustDefender Labs has created a series of screen capture movies which clearly demonstrate how they say TrustDefender security solution detects, secures and protects online users against noxious and devastating online threats that seek to invisibly hijack the transactions of customers of financial institutions worldwide.

TrustDefender say theirs is the only solution capable of truly ‘protecting’ consumers and banks, financial institutions, eGovernment and online merchants against undetectable and harmful crimeware like the Silentbanker Trojan and Mebroot Trojan or MBR Virus.

In addition, TrustDefender have released their first version compatible with Vista as a beta, while their existing XP version has been upgraded with the new Kernel Forensics Engine as described above. 

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