[ISN] Zeus Sourcecode Leak Opens Up New Crimeware Markets: Researchers

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2011 00:15:19 -0500 (CDT)

By Stefanie Hoffman
May 16, 2011 

Sourcecode for the notorious Zeus banking Trojan leaked onto the 
Internet could have been a strategic move to reinvigorate demand for 
more sophisticated versions of the malware as well as specialized 
WebInject add-ons, researchers say.

Reports circulated last week that code for the latest version of the 
notorious banking Trojan Zeus was leaked on the Internet in at least 
three different locations, ensuring that almost any criminal hacker 
would be able to access the malware for free.

The Zeus banking Trojan is best known for its ability to build 
customized code penetrating bank accounts and sending users' credentials 
to remote servers controlled by the botnet owners. Most recently, the 
Zeus banking Trojan was linked to phishing attacks that spawned numerous 
illegal, high-dollar wire transfers between the U.S. and China.

Before its release, the Zeus crimeware kit provided a ready-made toolkit 
for hackers wanting to infiltrate users' banking credentials or 
accounts, and could sell for thousands of dollars on criminal 
underground markets, researchers said.


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