Trojan named Kovter disguises itself under Mozilla browser update

22.10.16
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Known since 2014 Trojan malware Kovter received a new modification that disguises itself under update for the popular Internet browser Mozilla.

Malware continues to evolve and to look for loopholes to penetrate on users’ PCs. It is no exception with Kovter Trojan. This malware has an interesting feature – it is able to hide in the system perfectly and to download the variety of malicious additions on the infected PC.

This feature carries a significant threat, since it allows a “bouquet” of malware to enter the victim's computer.

Moreover, some modifications of Kovter can also encrypt user’s data and require money for their decryption.

One of the latest modifications of Kovter disguises as an update to the popular Internet browser Mozilla. This trick allows infecting the user’s PC, provided that (s)he is searching for updates on third-party resources, and does not comply with the basic rules of cyber security of personal data.

Features of malicious Kovter are quite diverse, among them stand out:

1. Identity theft,

2. Theft of logins and passwords pairs from online bank accounts,

3. Data Encryption followed by extortion of ransom.

Protection is in diligence

Building the protection against Kovter and other similar Trojans, which disguise themselves under well-known programs or updates, will be successful only if to follow several basic safety rules, according to experts of virus laboratory Zillya!:

1. Do not use the installation of known programs from third-party sources,

2. Do not open E-mails from unknown recipients with attached files or text documents,

3. If you have already opened this letter, not to open the attached files,

4. Delete such letter,

5. Use antivirus both on you PC and on a mobile device,

6. Regularly make copies of important information.