‘Alonso crash’ used to spread banking Trojan


‘Alonso crash’ used to spread banking Trojan

Antony Savvas

A new banking Trojan is being distributed via a fake news story about a car accident involving Formula One star Fernando Alonso, says Panda Security.

The story purports to come from Spanish daily broadsheet El Pais.

According to the bogus report, Alonso, the two-time Formula One champion, was seriously injured in a car accident near the Spanish city of Bilbao yesterday (22 July).

The story is distributed via spam e-mails with a link to an "amateur recording", which supposedly depicts the moment of the crash and its spectacular blaze.

The link attached to the story delivers a banking Trojan which targets one of the biggest Spanish banks. The Trojan could be used to steal online account passwords from users.

Panda Security has identified the Trojan as Banker-LGC, which bears similarities to a different malware attack from a few weeks ago claiming the Third World War had begun.

The major difference was that the latter tried to install a Gaobot worm instead.

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