If you do your personal or business banking online, Neverquest may be something to keep an eye out for.
While reports of Neverquest are widespread and fairly new, the threat has been confirmed by several security companies. This new Trojan can spread itself via email and even social media, but it only attacks financial websites when a user goes to check their bank account. When a user goes to log into their financial institution, the information is logged and sent to another server for hackers to use and view.
Currently, the most popular way for the virus to be spread is through email. Below is just one of the convincing emails you may receive. It’s especially convincing during the holidays when shipping is much more common than it is the rest of the year.
Subject: Your UPS Invoice is Ready
This is an automatically generated email.
Please do not reply to this email address.
Dear UPS Customer,
New invoice(s) are available for the consolidated
payment plan(s) / account(s) enrolled in the UPS Billing Center
Please open attached file to view and pay your invoice.
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UPS brandmark, and the color brown are trademarks of United
Parcel Service of America, Inc. All rights reserved.
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not receive any reply message.
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Symantec made an announcement earlier this week, nothing that there is a new virus that has hit the market that only targets financial websites:
Once Neverquest infects a computer, the malware can modify content on banking websites opened in certain Internet browsers and can inject rogue forms into these sites. This allows attackers to steal login credentials from users. The threat can also let attackers take control of a compromised computer through a Virtual Network Computing (VNC) server. Neverquest can replicate itself by stealing login details and spamming out the Neverquest dropper, by accessing FTP servers to take credentials in order to distribute the malware with the Neutrino Exploit Kit and by obtaining social networking credentials to spread links to infected websites.
As always, heeding these warnings and taking common-sense precautions when entering your private information into a website is advised. Ensure your anti-virus is up-to-date and that your OS, browser, and any other software you use on a daily basis is fully updated. Run a scan before you visit any websites with sensitive data that you’d like to keep private.