After a concerted effort by IT security firms, a network of websites used by cyber criminals to create Trojans has been shut down
. The criminals in question offered hackers the chance to generate custom designed Trojans that can foil traditional security solutions, and also offered a system for monitoring the status of the infections caused.
The websites were discovered after Panda Software recently detected a new trojan, called Trj/Briz.A, which was previously unknown to security companies. The firm conducted an in-depth analysis of this trojan's code, detailed to assist in scams, leading to the trojan's termination. Given the "seriousness and sophistication of the attack", Panda contacted RSA Cyota's 24/7 Anti-Fraud Command Center, which helped to disable the web pages selling malware by contacting the ISPs hosting the site and identifying them as a source of these illicit Trojan services.
Three websites selling Trojans were shut down by their ISPs as a response, as well as two others on which hackers find information about their infections.