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New Zeus Variant Stymies Malware Analysis

posted Feb 11, 2014, 5:13 PM by web admin   [ updated Feb 11, 2014, 5:13 PM by Kyle Horst ]

(January 8, 2014)

In recent months, criminals have developed some advanced features in variants of the banking Trojan Zeus, which allows the malware to communicate anonymously with its command and control servers over the Tor network and gives remote access capabilities to the attacker.  Now, however, researchers have discovered a new variant that also has rootkit capabilities, can hide files and folders it drops, and can prevent the execution of tools used to analyze malware.  To help mitigate the risks posed by these types of malware, banks should leverage customer-facing anti-fraud tools and back-end fraud prevention programs.  Customers can better protect themselves by using secure browsing environments and ensuring their anti-malware definitions are up to date.

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