Login to your account

Username *
Password *
Remember Me

Create an account

Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.
Name *
Username *
Password *
Verify password *
Email *
Verify email *
Captcha *
Reload Captcha

What is a Trojan?

Written by  Mar 12, 2020

The Greek force crept out of the horse and opened the gates for the rest of the Greek army, which had sailed back under cover of night. The Greeks entered and destroyed the city of Troy, ending the war.

Nowadays, it's a new war; it is the same concept of disguise and deceit but has taken on a hold new meaning.

Backdoor Trojans are designed to grant an external user full control over a system by creating a breach in a system - known as a 'backdoor'.

This can then be exploited to repeatedly gain access to the system to steal or spy on its contents. The longer this door is open, the more damage a hacker can do.

Advertisement
Norton 360 Deluxe 2020, Antivirus software for 5 Devices and 1-year subscription with automatic renewal, Includes Secure VPN and Password Manager, PC/Mac/iOS/Android, Activation Code by emailamazon uk

Download Trojans get their name from being able to download other malware types once it has worked its way onto a system. Although a range of malicious tools can be installed, these Trojans often turn to keyloggers and cryptocurrency miners to secretly harvest data, often ending the attack with a ransomware infection.

Banking Trojans are so-called for their penchant for financial gain, typically lying in wait on a system until a user attempts to access their online banking service. The Trojan triggers by sending the user instead to a fake website, designed to mimic a legitimate bank, where it attempts to trick the user into entering their details.

Banking Trojans have been highly successful in the past, with notable examples such as Zeus, Dridex and Kronos. With today's heightened security and proactive attempts to clamp down on this style of attack, banking Trojans aren't as prevalent as they once were.

Advertisement
Bitcoin Exchange CEX.IO

While Trojans can cause significant damage if loaded on someone's system, there are ways to prevent malware from causing problems.

Simple steps such as avoiding unsafe websites and keeping accounts safe with secure passwords and firewalls can help prevent malware attacks. Updating a device's operating system as soon as possible will also help prevent Trojans from causing damage as malware tends to exploit the problems in outdated software.

Trojans are not really seen as a major threat to the world these days, but they are still around and still dangerous. The most effective way of preventing this kind of malware attack is by installing anti-malware software on devices and by running diagnostic scans with this software periodically.

DDoS attackAlso see: What is a DDOS attack?


Carl Perkins

A security tech expert, Carl specialises in IT Security having worked in the field for over 10 years and has previous Tech admin roles to his credit. He is very experienced and his contribution is invaluable to us.

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter all the required information, indicated by an asterisk (*). HTML code is not allowed.

Advertisement

Popular News

May 06, 2020 IT Security News

Popular VPNs Exposed Users to Attacks

Researchers analysed some of the most popular VPNs and discovered that two of them were affected by vulnerabilities that...

Jun 13, 2020 IT Security News

Microsoft announces major issue in Windows 10 June 2020 updates

On 9th June, 2020, Microsoft released cumulative updates for supported versions of Windows 10 including version 2004, ve...

Jun 12, 2020 Cyber Security

NHS email service fooled users in phishing attack

NHS Digital is contacting users of its NHSmail email system after a small number of mailboxes were compromised in a gene...

May 25, 2020 Cyber Security

Beware of security threats before deploying remote working

Remote working is receiving a great deal of attention recently for obvious reasons. The world has changed and remote wor...

May 07, 2020 Cyber Security

Three quarters of UK homeworkers haven't received cybersecurity training

As Covid-19-related cybersecurity threats continue to multiply, three in four of home workers are yet to receive any cyb...

May 19, 2020 IT Security News

EasyJet data breach: Over 9 million customers affected

The personal data of over 9 million EasyJet customers has been infiltrated by hackers, including over 2,000 users' credi...

Jun 09, 2020 Cyber Threats

Common types of cyber-attacks and how to avoid them

With cyber-attacks on the rise, businesses are constantly worried about losing vital data and the threat is very real. ...

May 18, 2020 Cyber Security

UK power grid operator Elexon hit by cyberattack

The UK’s power grid middleman Elexon has announced it has fallen victim to a cyberattack, which did not compromise pow...

May 05, 2020 Cyber Security

The importance of cybersecurity for UK businesses

Technology is constantly changing and at a pace which is hard to keep up with, but 'safety first' always applies. ...

Jun 12, 2020 IT Security News

100,000 cheap wireless cameras sold in the UK are vulnerable to hacking

Consumer advocacy organisation Which? has issued a warning over the security of wireless camera brands made by China-bas...

May 28, 2020 IT Security News

UK virus apps highlights tension between privacy and need for data

As more UK and European governments turn to tracing apps in the fight against the coronavirus, a deep-rooted tension bet...

May 11, 2020 Cloud Security News

Tips to help secure your cloud data in the UK

In this digital age, it’s not a great idea to trust someone with your sensitive data. ...

Jun 09, 2020 IT Security News

Self-employed targeted by hackers with HMRC SMS phishing scam

Cyber criminals have launched a new phishing scam designed to steal personal and financial details of millions of self-e...

May 27, 2020 Cyber Security

UK scared cybercriminals will use NHSX Covid-19 Tracing App to launch attacks

Nearly half (48%) of the UK public surveyed about the NHSX COVID-19 tracing app do not trust the UK government to keep t...

Jun 08, 2020 Cyber Security

Ransomware attack compensation: What the UK public think

UK consumers believes businesses should stand their ground having suffered a ransomware attack and refuse to negotiate w...

May 20, 2020 IT Security News

To VPN or not to VPN for business users

It’s a question many organisations are asking as they work to provide secure and reliable remote access at scale. ...

Advertisement
Symantec Home 120x60

Advertisement