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17 May 2006

Online poker rootkit proactively protected against by Sophos

Malware stole usernames and passwords from online poker players

Experts at SophosLabs™, Sophos's global network of virus, spyware and spam analysis centers, have successfully defended customers against a piece of malware which spread via an online poker website.

The Trojan horse, known as RBCalc, was distributed on a website offering articles and tools for online poker players, installing a rootkit and other malicious components onto infected computers. Sophos has proactively detected the rootkit as Troj/RKProc-Fam since last year, and other components as the Troj/Keylog-GO Trojan horse.

Poker players who ran the software were being silently infected by malicious code

Poker players who ran the software were being silently infected by malicious code.

Once installed the malicious software attempted to steal usernames and passwords from visitors to online gambling websites.

"Sophos users have no need to worry about this malware because they have been protected since last year," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "But the news of this malware does send out a clear message to online gamblers that - just like online bankers - they need to take care over their computer's security."

Sophos recommends companies protect their email gateways, desktops and servers with an automatically updated consolidated solution to defend against the threats of viruses, spyware and spam.

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