The Zeus botnet has become one of the most dangerous botnets in history because of the targeted crimes that have been committed using the malware it propagates and the ease with which attackers commit the crimes. In this tip, we’ll review what makes Zeus such a unique problem for enterprises and how best to defend against it.
The Zeus botnet is really a criminal toolkit for developing custom, hard-to-detect Trojans. Because of the many different capabilities that can be included in the Trojan and how quickly its executables change, it has been remarkably successful in helping cybercriminals infect local systems, build command-and-control infrastructure and host phishing attack websites. There are even reports of enterprising criminals selling Zeus in a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, making life even easier for criminals.