Thursday, 6 June 2013

Infamous Zeus Malware has once again resurfaced

The infamous Zeus malware (Trojan Horse)has once again resurfaced, but this time it’s using Facebook to further its crime spree. First detected in 2007, Zeus has infected millions of computers over the past six years. Despite the efforts of numerous security firms to combat the Trojan horse, it has only gotten stronger with age.

Following the initial infection, the virus lays dormant until an online banking site is opened. It then uses keyloggers to steal the unsuspecting victim’s usernames and passwords. Sometimes the Zeus malware goes even further - it replicates the bank's website, using a fake interface to obtain social security numbers, credit card digits, and other sensitive information.

It is for this reason that Zeus is so effective. Even when your bank account is fully drained, the malware continues to search for any tidbits of data that can be sold on the black market. And unlike most malicious software, there are little to no warning signs - the computer will continue to operate normally, as an outright crash was never the intent.

Fake or Bogus Facebook pages are now being used to spread the malware.The big concern is how little Facebook is doing to combat the threat. The social media giant, Facebook suggested that users should take matters into their own hands by signing up for scanners that can identify and remove the Trojan.

Below:  how the Zeus malware works

We recommend that you use the tools listed below to remove this malware:
  • Rkill ( preferably run this in safemode - this will stop any unwanted processes and allow the removal tools to run effectively )
  • Malwarebytes ( malware removal tool - removes infection )
  • Super anti Spyware ( malware removal tool- i would use this after Malwarebytes to make sure that all infections have been removed ).
Links to these programs can be found here: Free Software & Tools

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