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New computer virus targets Venezuelans after vote

Associated Press Modified: October 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm •  Published: October 12, 2012
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Venezuela's government maintains strict foreign currency exchange controls, and the currency agency provides people who apply with limited amounts of dollars or other currencies for purposes including travel, certain imported goods and overseas tuition payments.

The malware was designed to gain access to Venezuelans' CADIVI accounts to use their allotted dollars, Bestuzhev said.

"Being that this malware is quite simple and also targeting only Venezuelan banks and CADIVI, we can strongly assume that the cybercriminals who produced it are from Venezuela too," he wrote on the blog.

Officials at the government's currency agency and Science and Technology Ministry could not be immediately reached for comment.

Bestuzhev said the malware was detected by was "proactive crawlers," which work like a sort of search engine and are designed to hunt down malicious URLs.

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Bestuzhev's blog post: http://www.securelist.com/en/blog/208193897/Stealing_currency_permits_from_the_Government