In a despicable attack reminiscent of the March 2006 QuickBatch Trojan, the blind community has once again fallen victim to a hate crime. The latest was in the form of a Trojan disguised as a crack for the popular JAWS screen reader application. Instead of giving free access to the approximately $900 accessibility software, the crack contained a nasty payload that disabled a wide range of screen readers, including Jaws, Windows Eyes, Microsoft Narrator, HAL Screen Reader and Kurzweil. Vanja Svajcer of SophosLabs provides a full analysis of the threat here.
- McAfee’s command-line version:
McAfee detects it as KillJWS.
- Kaspersky Online Scanner:
Kaspersky detects as Trojan.Win32.Agent.edf
- BitDefender Online Scanner:
BitDefender detects as Trojan.KillJWS.A
After removing the Trojan, impacted users will need to reinstall their legitimately licensed screen reader software to restore proper functioning.