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Twelve UAE banks hit by Dyre Trojan

Fraud malware rises to prominence; over 370 UAE banking customers infected in past year

Infostealer.Dyre infects Windows machines and steals banking credentials.
Infostealer.Dyre infects Windows machines and steals banking credentials.

Twelve UAE banks have been targeted by the Dyre banking Trojan over the past year, as the malware rose in prominence following successful operations against groups using other more well-known financial threats, according to Symantec.

Infostealer.Dyre, which has been found trying to defraud more than 1,000 banks worldwide, infects Windows machines and steals banking credentials, while also installing other malware. It is mostly targeted at English-speaking nations such as the UK and US, but over the past 12 months, 373 attacks against UAE banking customers were discovered, placing the country in the top 30 by number of infections.

Gameover Zeus, Shylock and Ramnit have become less common since law enforcement operations have largely eliminated the groups that use them. In their place, Dyre has risen to become "one of the most potent financial fraud tools in operation", according to a Symantec blog.

Dyre attacks the three most widely used Web browsers (Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox) and, in addition to stealing credentials, can add victim machines to spam botnets.

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