G Data: Hackers German parliament made use of banking Trojan




The hackers last week attacks on the computer systems of the German parliament, probably made use of a modified version of the Swatbanker-banking Trojan. This was reported by security company G Data Tuesday after its own investigation.

Angela Merkel Several German media wrote last week that hackers had gained access to the computer systems of the German parliament. They knew thereby widely disseminate malware that could have all 20,000 computers infected by the parliament. Also, the computer by Chancellor Angela Merkel was taken according to sources.

The research arm of the German security company G Data says that after analyzes show that the malware is a modified version of the Swatbanker-banking Trojan. This ensures that the attackers all forms, including login details, can get through the intranet of the Bundestag held. In addition, the trojan data from the browser, such as websites visited, and server response sent to the attacker.

The hackers struck as far as known, in any case, between 8 and 10 June increasing. Namely when they changed the filter functions Swatbanker, an analysis of the configuration files in the malware. Presumably they knew thereby circumventing the installed antivirus software of the German parliament. Further studies should confirm this.

Initially, German media reported that Russian hackers were able to sit behind the attack, but G Data does not point in that direction. “Looking at the first analyzes, it seems to be an attack with criminal intent. But we can not exclude other motives and the attackers have copied the behavior of criminals to disguise their true intentions, ” says G Data.


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