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Phony Ad on Job Sites Leads to 100,000 Stolen Identities
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Tuesday, 21 August 2007 10:51

Phony Ad on Job Sites Leads to 100,000 Stolen Identities
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Trojan hides in ads for online job sites like Monster.com

AUGUST 20, 2007 | Security researchers have unearthed the single largest cache of stolen identities, thanks in part to a Trojan stealing the data that has been hidden in a fraudulent advertisement on online job sites like Monster.com.
Don Jackson, a researcher with security company SecureWorks, told InformationWeek that he found 12 data caches connected to one group using the latest variance of the Prg Trojan, which also is known as Ntos, Tcp Trojan, Zeus, Infostealer.Monstres and Banker.aam. Several of the 12 found caches contain information on about 4,000 to 6,000 identity theft victims, but one contains about 10,000 and the largest one contains 46,000.



He estimates that between the 12 caches, there probably is information on about 100,000 stolen identities.

"That's at least four times as large as the largest ones I've run across before," said Jackson. "That tells me they're using a lot of different methods to do what they do or they've found really reliable methods to do it."

Jackson calls the identity theft organization behind the caches the "car group" because they've named each of the servers storing the information for a different auto manufacturer, like Ford, Mercedes, Chrysler, and French carmaker Bugatti.

The data, which includes bank and credit card account information, Social Security numbers, online payment account usernames and passwords, comes from victims who were all individually infected with the Trojan beginning in early May.

He said the latest variant of the Prg Trojan has been running on fraudulent ads on at least two online job sites. One, he said, is Monster.com. Representatives from Monster did not return a request for an interview.... More

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