By Zeus! Malware makes the headlines

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A report on the BBC News website today reports that the “Zeus banking virus is back”.

To which my response is, “did it ever leave?”

Zeus (also known as ZBot) is a family of malware that is capable of hijacking your computer, making it part of a criminal botnet. Once you are infected, ZBot can steal information such as banking details, credentials for social networking sites and email/FTP accounts.

ZBot is often spread in the form of an infected email attachment, but it can also be caught by visiting booby-trapped websites using a web browser that isn’t properly secured.

The Zbot family of malware is a problem that has been hitting computer users around the world – it is truly a global threat.

So I’m a wee bit baffled as to why it’s made the BBC’s news headlines today (it was even being talked about on the radio when I drove to work this morning).

As far as Sophos is…

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.