Kaspersky Lab warns of fake trial resetter app
MANILA, Philippines - Kaspersky Lab, a developer of secure content and threat management solutions, is warning users of key generators and software cracks that can steal information from computers.
The malware, identified as Trojan-PSW.MIL.Agent.wx, disguises itself as a Kaspersky Trial Resetter, which is used to reset a software evaluation period that has expired.
Instead of extending the evaluation period of a legitimate software, it steals information from the infected computer -- from passwords saved in a web browser to other installed applications.
Kaspersky Lab said Microsoft's Internet Explorer is the browser most targeted by the virus, followed by Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera.
The Trojan has so far stolen information from MSN accounts (400), Ebay accounts (175), Facebook accounts (169) and ICQ accounts (116), the company said.
"I hope these statistics will convince you that downloading pirated software is not a good idea," said Kaspersky Lab security expert Nicolas Brulez.
He added, "Users who thought they were downloading a crack for a security solution ended up being infected. It's also clear that saving your passwords within your browser isn't the best idea."
According to Brunez, a total of 1,109 computers -- or an average of 48 a day -- have been infected in 23 days. The malware was reportedly created on January 31 this year and was detected on February 6.
Germany is said to have the most number of infections at 29%, followed by Holland (11%), France (3%), Poland and United Kingdom (1% each). The remaining 55% are spread out across the globe, Kaspersky Lab said.