Rookie malware rises to top of virus chart

Little over a month after it was first detected, Bankfraud.Trojan has risen to the top of the virus charts, according to the latest virus rankings from Kaspersky.

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By  Administrator Published  April 12, 2007

Little over a month after it was first detected, Bankfraud.Trojan has risen to the top of the virus charts, according to the latest virus rankings from Kaspersky.

First detected on February 27, Bankfraud.Trojan has become so widespread that it accounted for more than 30% of all malicious programs detected in mail traffic during March, the security software vendor claimed.

"This Trojan is a typical phishing e-mail, and millions of copies have been sent around the world. We've also noticed that this malicious program has been mass mailed several times," Kaspersky noted.

The firm said the Trojan targets clients of the Branch Banking and Trust Company, attempting to lure them to fake web sites registered by malicious users in Croatia and the Cocos Islands.

This was the fourth month in a row that a new virus topped the monthly virus charts the firm noted. Bagle, Warezov and Zhelatin variants have all led Kaspersky's charts in previous months.

The vendor also noticed a trend of old malicious programs returning.

In March, another six malicious programs returned to the rankings, including virus veterans such as Feebs.gen, Mydoom.m and Warezov.do.

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