Microsoft introduces detection for Bafruz trojan

Share this article:

Microsoft has added detection capabilities for Bafruz, a backdoor trojan capable of taking a number of malicious actions on victims' computers.

Bafruz can take control of accounts on social networking sites like Facebook and [Russian-based] Vkontakte, launch distributed denial-of-service attacks, conduct Bitcoin mining, install additional malware, and disable security products, like anti-virus, said the Tuesday blog post from the Microsoft Malware Protection Center.

Bafruz resembles traditional rogue anti-virus software as it tries to get on users' machines, minus the portion where it demands ransoms from users.

The malware first displays a list of security processes being terminated. Then, alerts appear in the system tray instructing the victim to remove a "virus" by rebooting their computer. Once the victim does this, the computer will restart in safe mode, allowing Bafruz to disable installed anti-virus software.

Bafruz can then download additional malware in the background using a peer-to-peer (P2P)-based botnet at its disposal, according to Microsoft. 

Microsoft has now added Bafruz to the list of threats detected by its Malicious Software Removal Tool.

The update came Tuesday, along with nine patches for 26 security vulnerabilities.

Share this article:
You must be a registered member of SC Magazine to post a comment.

Sign up to our newsletters

TOP COMMENTS

More in News

Skills in demand: Communications and messaging experts

Skills in demand: Communications and messaging experts

The demand for infosec-focused communications and messaging pros is growing.

Company news: New execs at Malwarebytes and an acquisition by VMware

The latest mergers and acquisitions and personnel moves, including Malwarebytes, Abacus Group, VMware, Bay Dynamics, vArmour, Secunia, Norse and more.

Bridging the talent gap in health care

Bridging the talent gap in health care

Cybercriminals are primarily after patient data as it really gets them more money.