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Cyber crooks stake out online gamblers

A recent Trojan has targeted players who frequent well-known poker Web sites, say Fortinet and F-Secure.
Written by Vivian Yeo, Contributor on

Online casinos are fast becoming the new playground for cyber criminals, according to recent reports from security vendors F-Secure and Fortinet.

A May report on malware, released Thursday by Fortinet's virus research team, indicated that a Trojan has been used to steal user credentials from popular online poker sites. Cyber crooks would then use the stolen credentials for play against their own accounts, and deliberately lose the games so funds from the stolen accounts can be moved into the criminals' accounts.

Fortinet's response team leader Guillaume Lovet noted in a statement, that cyber criminals would look to target any social activity involving money online, so it was only a matter of time their focus turned to online gaming sites.

F-Secure earlier this month also identified a Trojan that targeted online poker players. The security vendor said the malicious program was found in a calculator application that poker players can download from CheckRaised.com. The program has since been removed from the Web site.

According to F-Secure, the Trojan can conceal itself using rootkit techniques. When executed, the Trojan will open a backdoor for hackers to remotely download and execute files, send application screenshots or upload files to the victim's system.

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