Zeus Lays Trap with Dead Celeb Tales

Kara Reeder

Symantec reports that hackers are using bogus stories of celebrities' deaths to build out the Zeus botnet.


Computerworld reports that the spam contains messages about celebrities dying in a plane crash or being killed in car accidents. A .zip file is attached to the messages. The article explains:

If the recipient opened the archive file and then launched the resulting executable, her machine was hijacked by the Zeus Trojan and added to the growing botnet.

Earlier this year, a new Zeus toolkit was released that promises new capabilities for strengthening the botnet. Marc Fossi, the director of Symantec's security response team, offers this thought:

A newer version of the kit was released in the last while, [and] that could mean the price of the original dropped, allowing more people to get into the scene.

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