Perhaps the biggest problem with cybercriminals is that they are extremely difficult to catch. Lurk malware stopped its attacks around the same time — because the group behind it got caught, with the help of Russian authorities and Kaspersky Lab.
Think of a real-life bank robbery with guns and face-masks — the thieves leave fingerprints; their voices are recorded by security cameras; police can trace their cars using traffic cameras; and so on. The story began back in 2011, when we first encountered Lurk.
All of that helps the investigators find the suspects. What caught our eye was the fact that some nameless Trojan that used remote banking software to steal money was classified by our internal malware naming system as a Trojan that could be used for many things — but not stealing money. The investigation yielded almost no results — the Trojan seemed to do nothing.
But when cybercriminals pull off a robbery, they leave … But the attacks continued, and our analysts were able to get more and more samples to look at. For example, it had a modular structure: When the Trojan detected that it had infected a computer with remote banking software installed, it would download the malicious payload, which was responsible for stealing money.
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The criminals were found to have taken roughly 1 million Russian rubles (about US ,500) with this scheme.
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That is why our naming system didn’t call Lurk a banking Trojan at first — the payload was missing.
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