Couple arrested in connection with Zbot Trojan horse

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A man and a woman have been arrested in Manchester by officers of the Greater Manchester Police and Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) in connection with the Zbot family of Trojan horses.

Zbot is one of the most notorious pieces of malware of recent times. It’s a data-stealing Trojan horse, designed to grab information from internet users which would help hackers break into online bank accounts and social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace.

Of course, once a hacker has your bank account information they can login and potentially transfer money to other accounts. If they break into your Facebook page they could use that to spread spam and phishing messages to the compromised account’s online buddies.

Typically versions of the Zbot Trojan horse have been spammed out to unsuspecting internet users, using a variety of social engineering tricks to try to trick the unwary into opening an attachment or clicking on a link to a website hosting malware…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.