Finally, Positive Zeus News

Sue Marquette Poremba
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Whenever the Zeus Trojan makes headlines, it is usually very bad news. For instance, LinkedIn users were recent targets of a Zeus attack, and now iTune users are being scammed into linking to a website infected with Zeus. Seriously, it is rare when Zeus and good news appear in the same article.


The Zeus Trojan, if you didn't know, is notorious for stealing bank and financial information. It is sent via a phishing or spearphishing e-mail and is activated when the recipient clicks on a malicious link or attachment.


Well, we finally have that rare appearance. A Wall Street Journal article reported that 100 people have been arrested or charged as part of a global crime ring using Zeus to steal bank account information and millions of dollars. The arrests were made in the U.S. and the UK, but the alleged computer criminals are from Eastern European countries. According to the article:


The U.S. investigation, in progress for over a year, has focused mostly on a network of "mules," or people recruited to open bank accounts using false names and fake passports and transfer stolen funds back to handlers in Eastern Europe, according to prosecutors.

Obviously, this isn't the end of Zeus, so computer users need to remain skeptical about any e-mail that doesn't seem quite right. But it is definitely positive news and, who knows, it may open a chink in the armor of Eastern European cybercrime rings.

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