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Proxy Trojan

(also trojan-proxy)

Proxy Trojan definition

A proxy Trojan is malware that turns an infected computer into a proxy server, allowing attackers to route their internet traffic through it anonymously. This facilitates cybercriminals in conducting illegal activities under the guise of the victim's IP address.

See also: trojan

History of proxy Trojan

Proxy Trojans emerged in the late 1990s. Initially, they targeted users via email attachments and evolved to evade enhanced security. By the 2000s, their integration into botnets facilitated large-scale attacks, including DDoS and data theft. The Zeus Trojan in 2007 exemplified their advanced financial fraud capabilities.

Recently, they've adapted to cloud services and IoT devices, hiding illegal activities behind legitimate IP addresses. Their evolution highlights the ongoing need for cybersecurity vigilance.

Dangers of a proxy Trojan

  • Identity masking and illegal activities. A Proxy Trojan allows cybercriminals to conduct illegal acts online while masking their identity using the victim's IP address.
  • Network compromise and data theft. By turning an infected computer into a proxy server, these Trojans can provide attackers with access to the victim's network.
  • Reduced system performance and stability. The presence of a Proxy Trojan can significantly slow down and destabilize the infected computer system. It diverts resources to support the attacker's activities.