A recently discovered trojan TSPY_PIXSTEAL.A steals your data in a different way, It does not copy your files, email addresses or passwords but pictures and then this trojan transfers these 20.000 images it finds on your pc, to an FTP Server. This newly discovered trojan is recently detected by Trendmicro and it scans your hard drive partitions C:\, D:\ and E:\ directories and copies all your image-files which have .JPG or .DMP or .JPEG extentions to C:\ and finally it uploads all image-files to a predefined FTP server on the Internet.
TSPY_PIXSTEAL.A Trojan Horse Details:
This Trojan TSPY_PIXSTEAL.A alias BDS/Wasew.A. lands on your computer by another malware or by so called Drive-By Downloads when you visit any malicious website. The log in data for the FTP-Server and its IP-Adresses are included in this Malware code. This rather unusual approach is based probably on the idea that image files can often contain valuable information and the programmer of this Trojan Horse is well aware of the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”. There are some folks who save their personal information and log in data as an image and they think that its a save method but images can also provide a deep insight on a private or a company’s computers in areas that are otherwise not accessible or disclose confidential informations about a person or a company’s secret product information.
The risk of information leakage is very high because the folks thesedays rely on images for storing personal information and the stolen image can be used to blackmail the user or for identification theft. The Trend Micro has noticed that this Malware Trojan Horse is mailny found on those computers that run the old versions of windows and these are often the company’s PCs and thats why the malware researchers are of the view that the attacks mainly aim at the company’s computers to steal the important company’s datas and other secret information. So for example, if the photos or other identity card of the company’s employers are scanned on a company’s computers then these attacks on the individuals can be started with the high average of success. Not only this, but private users also store the copies of their Passports, ID-Cards, reciepts, hand-filled-forms, other important documents and educational certificates as images on their personal computers and thus put themselves in great danger. My tip here for you is, always use an external hard drive for the storage of your images and other important scans.