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Alliance of ZeuS-SpyEye Resulting in the Publication of First Toolkit in the Underground Market

Security researchers at the anti-virus firm, McAfee have raised a warning against the launch of crimware toolkit, which emerges as result of the alliance between ZeuS and SpyEye. This toolkit is available for purchase on the underground market.

During the beginning of 2011, the security community was indeed stunned by the rumors that claimed the amalgamation of the two rivalries: ZeuS and SpyEye, to operate under a single developer.

It seems that the volatile fume in air is out right in full swing as it is only the middle of January 2011 and the first version of the combined toolkit is out for sale on the black market. Netizens are soon expected to realize the outburst of this fume by the production of malware. The first toolkit version of this malware, 1.4.1 has been published on January 11, 2011 and the update related to Functionality includes: Jabber notification, Auto-update, VNC module, Auto-spreading, Brute force password guessing, Unique stub generator for FUD and evasion, and New screenshot system.

Moreover, the revelation of prices is indicative of the fact that the builder is quite inexpensive compared to ZeuS and even the fundamental version without VNC (remote desktop) and the capability to inject code into Firefox pages is priced at $ 300, while the price for the entire version is $ 800.

The motive behind this unearthly desire is the supposed intention of ZeuS author's to retire from the writing malware following an enormous success. The probable reason for this is the heat that ZeuS started getting in 2010. Cyber fraud gangs, who used the Trojan, started getting arrested in Ukraine and Russia, which shows an exceptional willingness of authorities in those countries for working with their counterparts in the West.

Taking into consideration, Slavik, ZeuS's creator, ultimately decided to leave the source code to the developer of SpyEye, harderman, under the condition that he will serve the existing clients. Rumors also held the claim that harderman intends to integrate the best features from both the tools to develop a new and better Trojan.

Security experts have warned netizens about the creative hands of hackers backed by sophistication. They claimed that the malware epidemic is in full swing and is exploding at a fast pace. This is therefore, the right time for the internet users to learn and educate themselves regarding safe and secured internet practices, by which, they can keep themselves away from cyber threats and attacks.

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