PWS:Win32/Karagany.A Description

Type: Adware

The PWS:Win32/Karagany.A Trojan was first detected in Spring of 2011. ESG security researchers have detected PWS:Win32/Karagany.A attacks as recently as April of 2012. This Trojan infection has various aliases, often known as FraudPack, although PWS:Win32/Karagany.A is the name by which PWS:Win32/Karagany.A is identified by Microsoft. ESG security researchers consider that PWS:Win32/Karagany.A presents a severe threat to your computer system's security. This malicious Trojan, in the form of a DLL file, is designed to steal passwords in order to then again access to protected online accounts.

One of the most dangerous aspects of PWS:Win32/Karagany.A is the fact that PWS:Win32/Karagany.A does not display any overt symptoms. While this may seem counter-intuitive, it is important to remember that problems on an infected computer system indicate that action with a reliable anti-virus program needs to be taken. However, if the malware infection presents no symptoms, it can carry out its attack – in the case of PWS:Win32/Karagany.A, stealing the victim's passwords – without the victim realizing that anything is wrong.

A Deeper View Into PWS:Win32/Karagany.A Attack

While most Trojan infections are executable files in EXE format, some Trojans, like PWS:Win32/Karagany.A, use a DLL file (Dynamic-link Library). These files are used by various applications and Windows components, meaning that PWS:Win32/Karagany.A can hijack a file process without creating a file process of its own, activating when the corrupted DLL file is accessed, in a process known as DLL hijacking. PWS:Win32/Karagany.A in particular attempts to steal passwords for common FTP (File Transfer Protocol) applications. The targeted FTP programs include BulletProofFTP, CoffeeCupFTP, DevZeroG, FileZilla, SmartFTP, TotalCommander, WebDrive, and WinSCP.

Once the victim has gained access to the victim's FTP credentials, these can then be utilized to set up a FTP connection to the affected computer system. This makes PWS:Win32/Karagany.A particularly dangerous, as PWS:Win32/Karagany.A can allow criminals a high degree of access to the victim's computer system. ESG security researchers have observed that PWS:Win32/Karagany.A is often associated with the EyeStye family of dropper Trojans, usually used to install this threat on the victim's computer system. In these cases, the infection will often be present as a temporary file in the infected computer system's TEMP folder. Prevention is key in dealing with PWS:Win32/Karagany.A; browsing safely, being careful with online downloads, and using a reliable real-time malware scanner are the safest ways to avoid a PWS:Win32/Karagany.A infection.

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