- Back in July, we covered the appearance of a sophisticated malware generator named Pinch Pro. Although not a Trojan itself, Pinch Pro provided a framework for malware authors to create and design their own worms and trojans, each of which could be specifically tailored to report certain data, zombiefy the PC, or kill certain commands/files. Imagine something like Build-A-Bear, but designed for malware rather than fuzzy bear creation, and you've got the right idea.
Pinch became popular in Russia, which meant is also became something of a headache for IT services generally and government services in particular. In effect, the malware-builder proved a bit too popular for its own good, and ultimately attracted the attention of Russian authorities. According to Kaspersky Lab, the Russian FSB (Federal Security Service) has identified the two authors of the program, Ermishkin and Farkhutdinov, and will soon take expose them to the cheery Russian legal system.
While the arrest and prosecution of the program's authors is important, it won't do much to solve the underlying problem Pinch has created. The program's source code has been released into the wild–the authors only charged for customized software and support. As such, we can expect to see more variants of the malware creator program appear in the future....