Application security, Malware

Researchers notice uptick in ‘Poweliks’ trojan infections

Experts at Symantec Security Response have noticed an increase in reports related to Poweliks trojan infections.

The malware differs from others in the way it resides on a compromised machine, opting to hide as a registry subkey in the computer's registry rather than as a file, according to a recent blog post.

The trojan spreads via common channels such as malicious spam emails and exploit kits, and researchers have noticed one particular campaign that spoofs emails related to a missing package claiming to be from the Canadian Post or the U.S. Postal Service.

Once the malware compromises a machine it's able to receive commands from a remote attacker and also has the ability to open users to additional malware downloads, as well as steal system data. 

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