By Zeus! Crazy email asks for help building a Trojan horse

Graham Cluley
Graham Cluley
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Boy oh boy, I receive some weird emails from time to time.

Here’s the latest. It comes from “Emmanuel Church”, who has a religious-themed Yahoo email address. (No jokes please about having to have faith to cling onto a Yahoo Mail account).

Just going by the email address, I expected it to be a bog-standard 419 scam. But it was something rather different.

Zeus email request

Greetings from afar,

I am sorry to bother you, but I was wondering if therre is any possibility for you to get or build the zeus trojan for me. I am open to your terms and negotoations if that will be alright by you. I am a young man and interested in learning how to use the zeus trojan.

Thanks in anticipationof your favorable response. Nevertheless, always stay cool and calm.

Attached to the email is a password-protected .RAR archive file. Of course, I don’t know the password – so I have no idea what may be inside it.

How on earth am I supposed to respond to that?

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Is this a practical joke, or is someone seriously asking for help building Zeus – one of the world’s most notorious Trojan horses?

I suspect this is the work of a crazy person. A nutter.

Which leads me to one obvious question: Is there a doctor in the horse? (groan…)

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

3 comments on “By Zeus! Crazy email asks for help building a Trojan horse”

  1. Scott

    First, obtain 40 chords of wood…

  2. Nick

    Hahahhaha! Some people are retarded beyond belief!

    1. Graham is a whitehat
    2. Why would Graham waste his time building malware for you?
    3. "Is there any possibility"… Not even 0.0000000000001% possibility
    4. "I am a young man"… Oh my god! Cool story bro, naw we always thought you were an 80 year old criminal!

    Some people are just such clueless amateurs. Most people starting out would never ask such stupid questions. Lol

  3. Spryte

    And we are still more than six weeks away from April the One'th !!

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