GameOver Zeus Is Game That Keeps Giving
The biggest news in the security world in recent days has been the FBI’s takedown of the GameOver Zeus botnet and Cryptolocker ransomware.
GameOver Zeus allowed cyber criminals to conduct more than $100 million in wire fraud in the just more than two-and-a-half years that the botnet was active. The malware affected computers running Microsoft Windows operating systems and captured credit card numbers and login credentials to financial sites, including credit unions, and had features that allowed it to bypass two-factor authentication security controls.
GameOver Zeus hails from the original version of Zeus, whose source code is freely available on cyber underground forums. There are many popular banking Trojans that are based on the Zeus source code, including ICE IX, Citadel, and KINS. There are also copycats of Cryptolocker, such as CryptoWall, which is currently being distributed through the Cutwail spam botnet.