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After a decade, Qbot Trojan malware gains new, dangerous tricks

27
Aug
2020
After a decade, Qbot Trojan malware gains new, dangerous tricks

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The Qbot Trojan has been plaguing computer users and businesses for over a decade and the cybercriminals behind it are still coming up with new tricks that keep it one of the most prevalent and successful malware threats. The latest technique observed by security researchers involves the malware inserting itself into the legitimate email threads of their victims to spread.

Qbot, also known as Qakbot or Pinkslipbot, started out as a banking Trojan focused on stealing online banking credentials, but has since evolved into a “Swiss Army knife” that’s used for a variety of purposes including distributing ransomware, according to researchers from security firm Check Point Software Technologies who tracked the malware’s latest campaigns.

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