Warning: the threat from Zeus malware continues after crackdown


U.S. and international law enforcement may have stymied the Gameover Zeus malware criminal enterprise with a series of arrests and seizures last week, but the threats of the highly malleable Zeus framework — sometimes called malware-as-a-service — continue, according to cyber security firm Prolexic.

In a statement, the Prolexic Security Engineering & Response Team said it has “observed new payloads from the Zeus crimeware kit in the wild.” Per the statement:

“Over the years, the Zeus framework has evolved from focusing on the harvesting of banking credentials to being used in the control of hosts (zombies) for many types of crime, including customized attacks to target specific platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) infrastructures of Fortune 500 enterprises.”

Using the Zeus kit, attackers can scoop up usernames and passwords as they are entered into a web browser on an infected PC or tablet, according to the company, which was bought by Akamai

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