Experts report that the number of computers infected with Poweliks Trojan has been growing recently. The primary distribution technique at the moment is through spam, but the cyber criminals are using other methods as well.
Details on the Poweliks Trojan
This allows the attackers to send commands to the compromised machine. After it connects the victimized PC to the C&C server, the Trojan will delete the binary.
Poweliks Trojan Delivered via Spam Emails
Researchers with Symantec report that the latest infections are mostly distributed via spam emails that claim to be sent by the Postal Service in the US or Canada. The victim is presented with detailed information about a missed package delivery. The scam email has a Microsoft Word document attached which contains the Trojan.
The Poweliks Trojan was first detected by a researcher with GData in July this year.
Other Distribution Methods
Reportedly, the Poweliks Trojan can also be delivered through exploit kits. The French researcher Kafeine has spotted Poweliks being delivered to the targeted system by Anger Exploit Kit in September 2014. In this particular sample, the malware is eliminated the next time the computer is started, because there are no registry keys that would allow it to start along with the operating system.
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