Feeds

Did ZeuS's daddy give hard Trojan love to rival cybercrook?

Über-powerful malware baby may be on its way

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

The author of the infamous ZeuS crimeware toolkit may have handed over its development to a former rival in the banking Trojan development business.

"Slavik" has handed over the ZeuS source code to SpyEye developer "Harderman", according to an investigation by security blogger and former Washington Post reporter Brian Krebs - and based on posts on numerous Russian language underground cybercrime forums. Slavik's apparent handover is surprising because SpyEye, a relative newcomer to the world of banking Trojans, was programmed to overwrite ZeuS installations on compromised PCs.

The deal between the two presumed rivals reportedly contains the stipulation that Harderman continues to support the cybercrooks who pay thousands for customised versions of ZeuS. Slavik may have decided to lay low as a result of a recent string of cybercrime prosecutions against ZeuS phishing mules in the US and UK as well as the arrest of five alleged bot herders in the Ukraine. The arrest of crooks suspected of masterminding phishing operations using versions of ZeuS and controlling networks of compromised PCs strikes much closer to home for Slavik.

In addition, Microsoft began adding detection for ZeuS into its Malicious Software Removal Tool earlier this month, claiming early success with the clean-up of an estimated 274,000 PCs. The move follows months of reports of online banking losses linked to the distribution of variants of ZeuS.

Krebs reports that Slavik is no longer reachable for ZeuS-support questions and may have gone off-grid or at least offline. Meanwhile Harderman is reportedly advancing plans to merge the best features of ZeuS and SpyEye together along with the addition of rootlet functionality to create a even more powerful strain of malware. ®

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.