Featured Articles

Analyst reveals Apple Watch spec

Analyst reveals Apple Watch spec

An analyst has examined the Apple Watch supply chain in an effort to ascertain the exact spec of Cupertino’s new gadget…

More...
Nvidia's first 20nm product is a mobile SoC

Nvidia's first 20nm product is a mobile SoC

For much of the year we were under the impression that the second generation Maxwell will end up as a 20nm…

More...
Nvidia GTX 980 reviewed

Nvidia GTX 980 reviewed

Nvidia has released two new graphics cards based on its latest Maxwell GPU architecture. The Geforce GTX 970 and Geforce GTX…

More...
Nvidia adjusts GTX 980 and GTX 970 pricing

Nvidia adjusts GTX 980 and GTX 970 pricing

It appears that Nvidia has been feeling the pulse of the market and took some note from comments regarding the original…

More...
PowerColor TurboDuo R9 285 reviewed

PowerColor TurboDuo R9 285 reviewed

Today we will take a look at the PowerColor TurboDuo Radeon R9 285. The card is based on AMD’s new…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 11:24

US government takes on Zeus

Written by Nick Farrell

Didn’t work for Typhon

The US Justice Department is going to have a crack at taking down the Gameover ZeuS botnet.

The network of hacked Microsoft Windows computers is believed to be between 500,000 to 1 million compromised systems. Members of the botnet are mined for sensitive financial and personal data and then rented to hackers for use in online extortion attacks, spam and other illicit moneymaking schemes.

An attack on Gameover, dubbed “Operation Tovar,” began late last week and is a collaborative effort by investigators at the FBI, Europol, and the UK’s National Crime Agency; security firms CrowdStrike, Dell SecureWorks, Symantec, Trend Micro and McAfee; and academic researchers at VU University Amsterdam and Saarland University in Germany.

Gameover ZeuS has since October 2011 been controlled and maintained by a gang of hackers from Russia and Ukraine. According to the Justice Department, Gameover has been implicated in the theft of more than $100 million in account takeovers.

Getting control of Gameover ZeuS might be a bit tricky as it uses an advanced peer-to-peer (P2P) mechanism to control and update the bot-infected systems. Microsoft’s 2012 takedown action had no effect on the P2P version of ZeuS because of its network architecture.

The Justice Department published a complaint that names the alleged author of the ZeuS Trojan, allegedly a Russian citizen named Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev as responsible for the malware.

Nick Farrell

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments