Password-Stealing 'Trojan' Virus Plagues AOL Users | AccountingWEB

Password-Stealing 'Trojan' Virus Plagues AOL Users

Anti-virus company McAfee.com Corp. is warning AOL users to be on the lookout for a number of password-swiping programs that are making the rounds attached to e-mail messages.

McAfee said it has logged an increasing number of such "Trojan" programs among AOL users over the last 30 days. The worst of the bunch has been labeled "APStrojan.qa" and attempts to steal account names and passwords from users of versions 4 and 5 of AOL's software. It then attempts to forward that information to a destination outside the AOL network, the company said. The software then attempts to replicate itself by sending copies of its malicious Visual Basic code to contacts on the AOL user's "buddy" list.

APStrojan may arrive as an e-mail attachment with the file name "mine.zip" and could be about 77,855 bytes. The subject of the e-mail message frequently says "hey you," and the text within the message may say: "hey i finally got my pics scanned...theres like 5 or 6 of them...so just download it and unzip it..and for you people who don't know how to then scroll down...tell me what you think of my pics ok?"

The message them tells users how to unzip the archived file, a move that would make the program ready to run should a user click on the extracted code. Users who receive such a message should delete it and the attachment.

Wait, there's more!
There's always more at AccountingWEB. We're an active community of financial professionals and journalists who strive to bring you valuable content every day. If you'd like, let us know your interests and we'll send you a few articles every week either in taxation, practice excellence, or just our most popular stories from that week. It's free to sign up and to be a part of our community.