Good news/bad news

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Good news/bad news

Postby AlphaCentauri » Mon Oct 25, 2010 4:16 pm

The good news is they have reportedly stopped supporting/distributing ZeuS trojan ... the bad news is that it is being combined into SpyEye, a similar trojan with a very ambitious creator. From KrebsOnSecurity.com:

Steve Santorelli, director of global outreach for Team Cymru, an organization that monitors underground economy activity, said his group has been predicting this change for months now.

“Each time you have a group or piece of malware that starts to get near the level of heat or public attention that ZeuS has gotten over the past year, it’s inevitable that the bad guys are going to transition to something that’s not on everyone’s radar,” Santorelli said. ...

In response to urging from other members on the exclusive forum who apparently want fewer hackers to be able to afford the kit, [SpyEye creator] Harderman acknowledges that he may have to dramatically increase — perhaps even double — the price of SpyEye, to several thousand dollars per license.

In exchange, the malware developer says he will overhaul the kit to include the best of both ZeuS and SpyEye. Specifically, Harderman says he wants to turn the guts of the Trojan into a rootkit, and to build additional functionality on top, in the form of modular plug-ins. “We have a bunch of work on the way!” he promises in one online posting.
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Re: Good news/bad news

Postby meep » Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:39 pm

Interesting to say the least. I like the short videos that Team Cymru uploads to YouTube. Good stuff.
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