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Zeus, SpyEye Trojan Merger, Bank Malware Worry Researchers

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 11-30-2010 Print

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The merger of the two largest botnets and a bevy of Zeus Trojan variants have security researchers worrying about the future of banking malware attacks.

The developers behind the Zeus and SpyEye Trojans have joined forces to create one major botnet, with sophisticated capabilities to attack user bank accounts, according to security researchers.

Malware authors aren't sitting still as law enforcement officials arrest cyber-gangs stealing millions of dollars from compromised bank accounts. There is a lot of financial incentive to target bank accounts, said Randy Abrams, director of technical education at ESET, more so than gaming Trojans, which are actually the most common type of malware that researchers see.

"The heat is getting strong on Zeus," said Abrams, referring to the recent streak of arrests shutting down Zeus botnets worldwide. "Zeus and SpyEye have definitely merged," he said.



 

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