Malware targets DoD smart cards

Tuesday - 1/17/2012, 8:01am EST

A new version of malware is targeting Defense Department smart cards.

AlienVault Labs said it has found evidence of a trojan that tries to compromise the standard authentication cards, by working its way into the card readers, Info Security Magazine reports. It uses a keylogger to steal the smart card PIN numbers in targeted email phishing attacks. It then allows the hacker to access sensitive information remotely when the user swipes in.

DoD uses the cards to ID active duty military staff, reserve personnel, civilian employees, and contractors. Infosecurity reports, AlienVault labs have detected the malware may have originated in China.

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