Computer Forensics Tool to Trace And Block Trojan Attacks

Transaction security firm Trusteer has launched a forensics service which allows banks to diagnose if a client's PC has been infected with malware.

The service can be used following incidents of suspected fraud. It acts remotely to allow strains of malware to be identified without having to physically examine an effected computer.

Mickey Boodaei, Trusteer's chief exec, came to London to launch the service on Tuesday in a bid to help its financial service customers to stem a growing problem.

In the UK online banking fraud losses hit £59.7m in 2009, according to the latest official stats from Financial Fraud Action UK.

Early trials with the technology have revealed that 90-95 per cent of cybercrime attacks blamed on banking Trojans in the UK can be traced back to one of three malware families: Zeus, Silon and Yaludle.

One in every 100 PCs is infected with Zeus, a Trojan which largely targets online bank accounts while one in 350 are affected by Silon.

Trusteer's new technology will be able to detect suspicious behaviour and obtain samples of suspect code. Boodaei says that the technology will then be able to then block further attacks.

Flashlight is immediately available as part of the Rapport offering, as an add-on module, or as a standalone service.

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