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Malware-infected computers being rented as proxy servers on the black market

Lucian Constantin | Oct. 10, 2012
Cybercriminals are using computers infected with a particular piece of malware to power a commercial proxy service that funnels potentially malicious traffic through them, according to security researchers from Symantec.

"We started to look into the payment accounts associated with these websites, and found out that they were tied to an individual with a Ukrainian name living in Russia," Bingham said. "The additional details associated with this WebMoney account are undisclosed as we work with law enforcement in countries associated with the command-and-control servers."

The risks for users whose computers are infected with Backdoor.Proxybox are significant. Because of the unauthorized proxy servers running on their systems, their IP addresses might be involved in a lot of illegal activities without their knowledge.

 

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