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SpyEye definition

SpyEye is a type of malware that uses keystroke logging to steal sensitive information from a user’s device and access their online banking account. SpyEye infects computers and secretly monitors users' online activities, including banking transactions, login credentials, and personal data.

SpyEye can capture this information and send it to cybercriminals, who can use it for fraudulent purposes (like identity theft or stealing money from the user’s online bank account). You can protect yourself from SpyEye in several ways, including antivirus software and good online hygiene.

See also: anti-malware

How SpyEye works

  • SpyEye is usually spread through phishing emails, malicious downloads, or compromised websites. For example, a user may unknowingly click on an infected link they’ve received by email, and the malware gets installed on their computer without their knowledge.
  • Once installed, SpyEye attempts to remain active on the infected system even after the system reboots or antivirus scans. SpyEye may do that in several ways, for example, by injecting its code into legitimate system processes or applications.
  • SpyEye starts collecting sensitive information by monitoring the user's online activities. It can capture keystrokes, take screenshots, and log website visits, usernames, passwords, and other confidential data.
  • SpyEye is mainly focused on attacking online banking systems. It can inject itself into the victim's web browser or create fake login pages to steal online banking credentials. When the user enters their login details, SpyEye captures this information and sends it to the cybercriminals controlling it.

How to prevent SpyEye

  • Use reliable antivirus software and regularly scan for malware.
  • Update your programs and applications (updates often have important vulnerability fixes).
  • Don’t visit potentially dangerous or compromised websites.
  • Don’t open suspicious email attachments or click on suspicious links.