A newly-detected piece of malware dubbed "Delilah" has been fingered as probably the first such code created with the intention of extorting victims into stealing insider data.
The "Delilah" malware was found on exclusive crime forums by Israeli intelligence outfit Diskin Advanced Technologies, who say the trojan relies on a combination of social engineering, extortion and ransomware.
Deliah is distributed in tight circles only and kept off open crimeware forums .
Gartner fraud analyst Avivah Litan received information on the trojan and says it targets employees at their homes and offices.
"Once installed the hidden bot gathers enough personal information from the victim so that the individual can later be manipulated or extorted," Litan writes.
"This includes information on the victim s family and workplace.