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What is the Clampi trojan virus and how to protect your computer from it

March 21, 2016

LORIEB (Lor-eee-bee)

Have you heard of the Clampi trojan virus?  While troubleshooting my wireless printer recently, I was told my computer was infected by a Clampi virus.  Of course I was alarmed, so did a bit of research.  This is the information I discovered and wish to share:

  • Clampi was first detected in 2008, also known as Ligatus and Ilomo virus.
  • Clampi gathers login information from compromised computers through social media platforms like Facebook and Skype to build a botnet, a peer to peer format.This means it spreads by network sharing from infected computers to any computers they have access to.
  • The botnet is used to install pay per install malware on compromised computers which generate revenue for the operators.
  • When the Clampi virus infects a computer, it sends out messages which direct compromised recipients to download a fake update of Adobe Flash player, through a third party website or infected computer.  If…

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