Trusteer, a UK Internet security firm, has unveiled a remote forensics tool that will enable banking institutions to determine if a client’s computer is infected with malware. The service would be used in instances where alleged fraud has occurred.
The service, called Flashlight, allows banks to identify malware quickly without having to examine the compromised computer in person. It can also collect block further attacks, identify command control servers and collect evidence.
During trials, the service revealed that over 90 percent of bank fraud blamed on Trojans can be traced to three malware groups: Zeus, Silon and Yaludle. The Zeus Trojan is the most prolific, with 1 in 100 computers infected. In the UK, the Zeus Trojan is commonly used to compromise individual banking accounts.
Victims of fraud will be offered the opportunity to download the Trusteer program, which will then attempt to identify the Trojan used to compromise the machine.
“The technology looks at interactions that try to manipulate the browser and associates these with malware,” said Mickey Boodaei, the chief executive officer at Trusteer.
Flashlight is available immediately to as part of the Rapport solution, and add-on or a stand alone option.