Latin America Targeted by Information-Stealing Dorkbot Worm

Here's a removal tool that will help you get rid of the threat

By on December 13th, 2012 21:51 GMT

Dorkbot, the malware involved in the recent Skype spam campaign that might have affected over 1 million users, is currently one of the most active threats that targets Latin America.

According to experts from security firm ESET, the malicious element has been seen all over the world, but it’s most prevalent in countries such as Columbia, Mexico, Chile and Peru. Overall, 54% of Dorkbot infections have been recorded in Latin America.

The worm, which specializes in stealing sensitive information such as usernames and passwords, is also designed to recruit its victims into a botnet.

It spreads via various mediums, including Skype, Windows Live Messenger, Twitter and Facebook. In most cases, victims are lured with promises of new phones or discounts.

Currently, the Dorkbot that’s making the rounds in Latin America is designed to steal online banking credentials from internauts.

A Dorkbot removal tool provided by ESET is available for download here
Dorkbot geographical distribution
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