Two suspected ZBot mules arrested in Wisconsin

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Computer crime authorities are continuing to mop up suspected members of the ZBot malware gang, alleged to have hijacked computers around the world and stolen millions of dollars from online bank accounts.

Dorin Codreanu and Lilian Adam, both originally from Moldova, have been arrested in Wisconisn, and are due to be transferred to New York City to face charges of comitting bank fraud. The men, both 21 years old, are believed by the authorities to be “money mules”, used to transfer money from accounts, once they have been compromised through use of malware. Codreanu is also alleged to have recruited other mules.

ZBot, also known as Zeus, is a family of malware that can hijack your computer, making it part of a criminal botnet. Over the past few years cybercriminals have used different versions of ZBot to steal money from online bank accounts, login details for social networking sites and email/FTP information.

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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.

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