‘Dissemination financial Dyre malware stopped by Russian authorities’




Russian authorities have raided in November at a film company in Moscow. The company would be related to the use of the Dyre-malware, which was primarily used to login to internet banking users to steal.

Reuters writes that there are three sources that make mention of the incident, but neither a spokesman for the Russian Interior Ministry, nor a spokesman for the Secret Service FSB could confirm this. The CEO of the film company 25th Floor declined to comment on the possible invasion. However, security experts would have detected a break in the distribution of the Dyre-malware, which can be the result of a successful police action. It remains unclear whether any arrests have been made and whether criminal prosecution was brought.

Reuters further reports that 25th Floor was in the middle of shooting a film titled ‘Botnet’. This is about a US case in 2010 in which 37 suspects were arrested for cybercrime. That case was also used by malware, which was known as “Zeus.” According to the director of a security company in Moscow 25th Floor possessions were called in to advise the film writers on cybercrime. He lets Reuters also know that the CEO of the film company wanted to speak to him in November urgent because he would know that an investigation was taking him.

According to a report from Symantec Dyre malware was used for various purposes. For example, the software was able to hijack various browsers and thus to intercept Internet traffic between users and their bank with a kind of man-in-the-middle -aanval in the browser. So criminals could send users to phishing sites and steal credentials. Dyre is also able to download additional malware to an infected system and use it as part of a botnet, for example to send spam. The malicious program would already have caused millions of dollars damage, including for banks like JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America.


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