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Written by Daniel   
Friday, 28 July 2006 10:11
Trojan Uses Firefox Add-On

JULY 26, 2006 | A new trojan uses actual Mozilla Firefox browser extensions as an entryway into an unsuspecting user's machine.

The FormSpy spyware trojan was spotted again late yesterday making the rounds via a spam email, says Craig Schmugar, virus research manager for McAfee Avert Labs. McAfee issued an alert on the malware yesterday. It was first discovered by McAfee earlier in the week.

"The order of the information was repackaged and then spammed out again, but pointed to the same FormSpy trojan," Schmugar says.

FormSpy is installed as a Firefox extension, unbeknownst to the user, when he or she downloads an attachment in the message. The message poses as Dell or Wal-Mart, for instance, thanking the user for shopping with them and says information on their order is in the attachment. When they click on the attachment, another new Trojan that McAfee found on Monday, Downloader-AXM, inserts FormSpy into the Firefox browser.

"Then an executable installs a modified Firefox extension," Schmugar says, with FormSpy. FormSpy captures keystrokes, so it can grab information on Web forms the user fills out. "It also sniffs traffic flowing over the wire to the local network," including passwords.

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