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Wednesday, 02 May 2012 09:06

Dollars the driver for Flashback

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One of the questions asked about the Flashback malware is "what does it actually do?" The answer: make money for the bad guys.

Security vendor Symantec has published an analysis of a malware component installed by Flashback.K. The job of the component is to load into the Chrome, Firefox and Safari web browsers and intercept clicks on ads delivered by Google search requests. Depending on the search query and whether or not the ad is on a whitelist, the browser may be redirected to another site, garnering revenue for "the Flashback gang."

Based on the number of Macs infected with Flashback.K and a previous analysis of ad-redirecting malware, Symantec estimates the gang could have made around $US10,000 per day.

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Stephen Withers

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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