Rovnix, a data-stealing trojan that spreads by email and infects Windows computers, has affected more than 130,000 PCs in the UK, online souces have confirmed. Spread via spam emails containing the Adromeda downloader, which downloads and runs the malware, Rovnix is designed to specifically steal financial information and credit card numbers.
Rovnix uses encryption, allowing it to operate without detection for much longer and one of the reasons the cyber-plague is continuing to gain momentum, despite publicly released warnings across media outlets. In fact, the malware is now reported be infecting Windows computers in Germany, Italy, the US, Iran and Poland, though the vast majority remains in the UK.
“The campaign targeting the UK proves that the Rovnix botnet is still going strong,” Catalin Cosoi, chief security strategist at Bitdefender, told news sources. “The switch to encrypted communications shows that this e-threat is still under active development.”