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Promise of Secure Porn Browsing Lures People into Installing Rootkit, Trojan

NetBrowserPro misdirects users

FOSTER CITY, Calif., March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- When: Discovered March 28, 2007

What: NetBrowserPro, a Web browser, promises secure porn browsing, but installs a rootkit and a Trojan called MovieCommander. Moviecommander is disguised as a fake media codec. A rootkit is a set of tools intended to conceal running processes, files or system data from the operating system.

When the user installs the NetBrowserPro from Browsezilla.org with the 121.exe file, they agree to allow the program to update and modify itself without notification and have third party applications interact with the browser. Many of the photo galleries linked from the browser will redirect the end-user to an unintended location, which is potentially a security threat.

Who: FaceTime Security Labs, the threat research and remediation arm of FaceTime Communication discovered the browser.

Why: Individuals are increasingly creating fake browsers to deceive users and direct Internet traffic, based on FaceTime research. With fake browsers and other adware, they can gain control of computers by tricking the user, instead of exploiting more complex software vulnerabilities. Users can also fall victim to data and identity theft or violations of privacy when using rogue browsers.

The FaceTime research team offers a detailed accounting of the infection and the possible motives at http://blog.spywareguide.com/2007/03/netbrowserpro_the_porn_browser.html .

About FaceTime Communications

FaceTime enables the safe and productive use of greynets like instant messaging, Skype, web conferencing and P2P file sharing. Ranked number one in market share among instant messaging management vendors for the third consecutive year, FaceTime's award-winning solutions are used by more than 800 customers including nine of the ten largest U.S. banks. FaceTime Security Labs delivers the industry's first IMPact Index, which assesses "point-in-time" risks posed by viruses, worms and other malware propagating through greynet applications. FaceTime supports or has strategic partnerships with all leading public and private IM network providers, including AOL, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, IBM, Reuters, and Jabber.

FaceTime is headquartered in Foster City, California. For more information visit http://www.facetime.com/ or call 888-349-FACE.

FaceTime, FaceTime Communications, IMAuditor, RTGuardian, GEM, FaceTime Enterprise Edition, FaceTime Internet Security Edition, FaceTime Security Labs, IMPact Index, SpywareGuide.com and the FaceTime logo are registered trademarks and trademarks of FaceTime Communications, Inc. Other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

FaceTime Contact: Emily Chamberlin A&R Edelman 650-762-2945 [email protected]

FaceTime Communications

CONTACT: Emily Chamberlin of A&R Edelman, +1-650-762-2945, or
[email protected]

Web site: http://www.facetime.com/

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