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Trojan.Clicker.CM still active

Drive-by-download components dominate BitDefender’s ‘Top Ten’ e-threats for February. These drive-by-download components are bits of malware strung together like a "daisy-chain" by their creators. Each component represents another attempt by cybercriminals to compromise the security of a user’s system.

The Norton-bypassing ad-serving malware Trojan.Clicker.CM is in first position, for the second time this year. Clicker.CM displays a large number of commercial pop-up windows in the current web browser’s background attempting to lure the user to click. If clicked, profits are generated for advertisements registered within a pay-per-click system. The trojan also uses several functions that bypass the Norton® Internet Security Pop-up Blocker.

This is followed by an older "daisy chain", Trojan.Wimad.Gen.1 or the Wimad trojan, which masquerades as a player component for malicious ASF files. This trojan is loaded via a downloader trojan, ranked tenth in the February e-threats list.

The Conficker virus and its variants are also listed via a generic detection against viruses that use the recent autorun bug in Windows - Trojan.AutorunINF.Gen, with 4.17 percent of detections.

Ranked eighth is Trojan.IFrame.GA, a simple script which gets injected in compromised web pages and sends browsers to a collection of exploits such as Trojan.Exploit.ANPI (ranked seventh), which can direct vulnerable systems to a page containing Trojan.Exploit.SSX (in fifth position).

According to Sorin Dudea, head of Bitdefender antimalware research, this particular infection chain comes from an analysis of a number of compromised and/or malicious websites hosted in China.

New entries include three new downloaders: Trojan.Downloader.JS.Psyme.SR, Trojan.Downloader.JLPK and Trojan.Downloader.Js.Agent.F. All serve the simple function of downloading and launching more malware onto compromised computers from websites.

BitDefender’s February 2009 Top 10 E-Threat list includes:

Pos. - Name - %
1. Trojan.Clicker.CM - 5.87
2. Trojan.Wimad.Gen.1 - 4.39
3. Trojan.AutorunINF.Gen - 4.17
4. Trojan.Downloader.JLPK - 3.94
5. Trojan.Exploit.SSX - 3.92
6. Trojan.Downloader.Js.Agent.F - 3.9
7. Trojan.Exploit.ANPI - 3.77
8. Trojan.IFrame.GA - 2.9
9. Trojan.Downloader.JS.Psyme.SR - 2.32
10. Trojan.Downloader.WMA.Wimad.S - 2.01
Other malware - 62.81

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