US sanctions Russian Evil Corp over banking malware



WASHINGTON (dpa)- The US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on the Russian-based Evil Corp, a group accused of being behind Dridex, a piece of malware designed to steal banking credentials.
Dridex is an evolving Trojan that has been around since at least 2014 and is updated to evade anti-virus software and other safeguards.




"Evil Corp has used the Dridex malware to infect computers and harvest login credentials from hundreds of banks and financial institutions in over 40 countries, causing more than 100 million dollars in theft," the Treasury Department said in a statement.
There is also a 5-million-dollar reward for information leading to the capture or conviction of Evil Corp’s leader.
The US said it was acting in tandem with authorities in Britain.
"Our goal is to shut down Evil Corp, deter the distribution of Dridex, target the 'money mule' network used to transfer stolen funds, and ultimately to protect our citizens from the group’s criminal activities," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.
eSentire Threat Intelligence conducted tests on Dridex in July and found that only six out of 60 antivirus programmes were able to detect the malware, which exploits certain Windows vulnerabilities.
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Thursday, December 5th 2019
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