Home Malware Programs Trojans TSPY_BANKER.ZIP


Posted: June 3, 2013

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 9/10
Infected PCs: 5
First Seen: June 3, 2013
Last Seen: January 10, 2022
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Banking Trojans have long been old hat for South America, but in the case of TSPY_BANKER.ZIP, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers have taken note of the increasing boldness in malware-oriented criminals, who chose to distribute TSPY_BANKER.ZIP (via almost a dozen variants of a specialized Trojan dropper) through compromised Brazilian government websites. TSPY_BANKER.ZIP is a two-part PC threat that launches a second component that's responsible for various security-reducing attacks and the loading of a third component, which can utilize various spyware and backdoor Trojan-based attacks. Until this infection vector is plugged, any unprotected computers visiting Brazilian government sites should be considered potentially infected, and anti-malware applications should be relied on for deleting TSPY_BANKER.ZIP and all related PC threats before any sensitive information or money can be funneled away to criminals.

TSPY_BANKER.ZIP: From Law and Order to Crime and Disorder

The attack campaign of TSPY_BANKER.ZIP begins its life, ironically enough, on various Brazilian government sites (neither the first nor, in all likelihood, the last government sites to be hacked in this manner), which install a Trojan dropper without your permission. The Trojan dropper, TROJ_BANDROP.ZIP, installs TSPY_BANKER.ZIP and JAVA_BANKER.ZIP, the latter being disguised as a fake picture file. TSPY_BANKER.ZIP modifies various security settings negatively by attacking your Windows Registry, and also enables JAVA_BANKER.ZIP to launch. Afterward, JAVA_BANKER.ZIP is free to engage in multiple attacks, and SpywareRemove.com malware experts have noted the most mentionable of these as follows:

  • Elevating your Windows account's privileges to admin level (if it isn't admin level already), which allows all PC threats enhanced access to your computer.
  • Downloading several variants of itself with specialized functions related to networking and remote control.
  • Operating as a backdoor Trojan that can let criminals control your computer by issuing commands from a Command & Control server.
  • Uploading or downloading files at its leisure.

Although TSPY_BANKER.ZIP's name lends itself to being used for bank account-based attacks, TSPY_BANKER.ZIP and its fellows also give criminals a virtually complete level of control over any infected computer. At this point, SpywareRemove.com malware experts rate TSPY_BANKER.ZIP as a high-level threat, along with all PC threats associated with TSPY_BANKER.ZIP by default.

Locking Your Bank Account Away from a TSPY_BANKER.ZIP Heist

TSPY_BANKER.ZIP mostly is a worry for visitors of official government sites for the nation of Brazil, but SpywareRemove.com malware experts also warn that other countries also have been included in a minority of TSPY_BANKER.ZIP's attacks. Other afflicted nations can be quite diverse, and currently include members like the United States, Angola and Romania.

TSPY_BANKER.ZIP's main goal is to steal bank account information and enable fraudulent transactions for these accounts. If your computer has been compromised by a TSPY_BANKER.ZIP attack, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers expressly warn against using your browser or, especially, any bank website until TSPY_BANKER.ZIP and its related PC threats are deleted. Deleting TSPY_BANKER.ZIP (like most high-level PC threats) is best done with a solid anti-malware program that can detect concealed components and system changes related to this multi-component infection.

Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.

The following files were created in the system:

upgrade.exe File name: upgrade.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
update. exe File name: update. exe
Mime Type: unknown/ exe
Group: Malware file
FlashPlayer.exe File name: FlashPlayer.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Adobe.exe File name: Adobe.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file