Zeus Sourcecode Leak Opens Up New Crimeware Markets: Researchers

    Date19 May 2011
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    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.

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