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Mar 3 2011   10:56PM GMT

The Gods Must Be Crazy…Or, At Least ZeuS



Posted by: Tony Bradley
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AppRiver
bot
botnet
malware
SpyEye
ZeuS

In Greek mythology, Zeus was the head honcho. But, he was a capricious, fallible, often vengeful god (aren’t they all?). Zeus seems like an apropos namesake for the massive, pervasive malware that threatens PC users.

The creator of ZeuS allegedly went into “retirement” last fall. Apparently, the malware business had taken its toll and he was ready to cash in on his ill-gotten gains to sip pina coladas on a beach in the Caribbean. So, he did the only sensible thing and turned over the source code for ZeuS to his arch-nemesis–the malware developer behind SpyEye.

ZeuS arrives in many forms, like FDIC phishing scams, or UPS phishing scams. AppRiver’s Fred Touchette provides an excellent analysis of the ZeuS botnet, and the emerging threat of hybrid ZeuS / SpyEye malware attacks.

*Bonus Note: If you have not seen the movie “The Gods Must Be Crazy“, I highly recommend it. It is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen.

*Bonus Bonus Note: Admittedly, it takes a certain sense of humor to relate. Some people don’t get it. If you are one of these people, perhaps watching it in an altered state might make it funnier.

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