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Attack Types & Vectors

Behind the Disguise of Trojans

August 15, 2019 — by Radware0

A Trojan horse is a malicious computer program masquerading as a useful or otherwise non-malicious, legitimate piece of software. Generally spread via social engineering and web attacks, Trojan horses often install a backdoor for remote access and unauthorized access of the infected machine.

An attacker can perform various criminal tasks, including, but not limited to, “zombifying” the machine within a botnet or DDoS attack, data theft, downloading or installing additional malware, file modification or deletion, keylogging, monitoring the user’s screen, crashing the computer and anonymous internet viewing.

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If you think that you are a target of this attack vector, secure both your corporate network and user devices. Proper education and user hygiene help prevent an employee from infecting your network. Often an employee opens a malicious document via phishing or infects via a drive-by download, allowing the Trojan to download malicious payloads.

Learn more about this cyberthreat by watching our security researcher Daniel Smith outline the risks it presents to organizations:

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