How to Avoid Trojan TrickBot Virus by Securing IT Resources

Written by Kayla Coco-Stotts on March 17, 2020

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IT admins have been struggling against invasive viruses for decades. But with newly evolving viruses, like the Trojan TrickBot, threatening IT infrastructure, how can IT teams best defend both their on-prem and cloud-based assets?

Below we will discuss exactly what the Trojan TrickBot virus is, and how organizations can best defend themselves against such a malignant threat. 

What Is a Trojan TrickBot Virus?

TrickBot, also referred to as a banking trojan or worm, is a form of modular attack that updates itself multiple times a day, making it more difficult to eradicate than typical Trojan malware. Its primary goal is to obtain financial compensation or information from a user by accessing their online accounts, typically through a banking portal or online money transfer services.

TrickBot is an advanced attack, as it uses a variety of methods to accomplish its means, including brute forcing user credentials and email harvesting. First discovered in 2016 by Jérôme Segura, TrickBot is commonly delivered through phishing emails, but can also appear in the form of a fabricated update.

What Does This Virus Affect?

The Trojan TrickBot virus is designed to acquire user information and infect as many systems as possible. More recent iterations of TrickBot can lock a user’s computer screen and force them to pay a ransom to regain access to their system. 

This virus is also capable of hacking users’ applications and stealing saved password information, as well as recording data on the users’ browser history and system information using a cookies-grabbing module.

TrickBot can dramatically affect a number of resources within IT infrastructure. Since it’s extremely hard to detect and spreads quickly, the best course of action for IT teams to take is to ensure TrickBot isn’t introduced to their infrastructure at all.

Securing Resources in the Cloud

Since TrickBot is most commonly delivered via email, the most important step IT departments should take involves training users on what to look for in regards to malicious email links as this can go a long way in preventing the malware from being downloaded in the first place.

Additionally, IT teams can prevent the spread of the TrickBot’s attack by securing their IT infrastructure through techniques tailored toward ensuring that all users, applications, networks, and files are protected.

Multi-Factor Authentication

The TrickBot virus thrives on obtaining user credentials that gives it access to numerous resources which can be devastating for the welfare of both the user and the organization they represent. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) works against this by reducing the impact of compromised user credentials.

MFA protects a users’ systems, applications, and cloud infrastructure from the harm that such an invasive malware can enact. By combining something a user knows (their password) with something they have (typically a time-based token generated on their phone), the TrickBot only has a small piece of the authentication puzzle. 

Authentication Protocols

As stated before, TrickBot can infiltrate users’ applications and procure sensitive financial information using compromised credentials. Through Cloud LDAP, RADIUS, and SAML 2.0, users can securely authenticate their credentials to their applications and networks.

Having these protocols centralized under one cloud-based identity and access management (IAM) platform means that, if TrickBot were introduced to IT infrastructure, admins can contain the attack by deprovisioning or re-configuring the affected user within seconds.

Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware Software

In addition to obtaining insight into their endpoints, admins should protect those endpoints using anti-virus (AV) software. Though AV software does not catch every threat, it’s a good — often inexpensive — practice for organizations to implement.

JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service

Combatting cybersecurity threats is a constant task, especially with organizations that may encounter evolved threats like the TrickBot Trojan virus. For enterprises looking to secure their infrastructure through the protocols above (and more), they should consider JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® as their core identity provider.

Directory-as-a-Service is the first entirely cloud-based directory service that makes securing users, applications, networks, and files a simple task. And with tools like System Insights™ and Event Logging API, admins can effectively monitor and control access to the entirety of their resources.

Learn More

Interested in learning more about Directory-as-a-Service? Feel free to register for a personalized demo to see the product in action. You can also register up to 10 users for free. 

Kayla Coco-Stotts

Kayla is a content writer at JumpCloud with a B.A. in Print Journalism from the University of Kentucky. She hails from St. Louis, Missouri, and loves to eat good food and hike Boulder's beautiful trails when she is not writing.

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