Source Code of Zeus Trojan Exposed
According to security researchers, the infamous banker Trojan Zeus' source code has been exposed online that'll let anybody wishing to create an exploit, well equipped for doing so. EWeek.com published this on May 10, 2011.
Actually, interested individuals could avail Zeus' entire source code that was being disseminated in the form of a ZIP file, free of charge, on a number of underground forums, wrote security researcher Peter Kruse at Danish-based CSIS a security company on the firm's blog dated May 9, 2011. When Kruse pulled down the Zip file, arranged the code, and ran it, he became sure that it was pretty effective. EWeek.com published this.
Meanwhile, it's been many years now that the trade of Zeus has been going on among cyber-criminals, with its different variants used in several targeted assaults. As such the kit is very expensive, while according to security researchers, it can fetch some $5,000 on sale. However, since the banker Trojan's source code is now easily available it'll, in addition to eradicate the Zeus-license market, produce the kit for those attackers who belong to a separate genre.
Furthermore, according to Kruse, his company believes the source code will encourage new complicated variants of banker Trojans as also be exploited during future assaults. Besides, it can without difficulty be suitably changed as well as enhanced in functionality, he adds. Threat Post published this on May 10, 2011.
However, during 2010, there's been a good deal of disruption in Zeus. For, during September that year, Billy Rios a security researcher revealed a critical security flaw within Zeus, which lets both black and white-hats equally to bring under their control botnets that are accumulated with the crimeware toolkit. And roughly that same period, officials within Eastern Europe, USA and UK blamed many people of laundering money amounting to several million dollars that were stolen from the bank accounts compromised with Zeus.
States malware researcher Van der Horst at Blue Coat Systems that incase the exposure of the Zeus source code is deliberate then it implies that Zeus-based malicious programs may get large enough for inundating the market. EWeek.com published this.
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