Police in the U.K. arrested two people tied to the Zeus Trojan, a notorious piece of malware used to steal banking information and another personal data such as passwords for sites like Facebook.
Authorities in the U.K.have reportedly arrested two people in connection with using a notorious Trojan in a scheme to steal online banking information.The man and the woman, both 20, were arrested by the Metropolitan Police Service in Manchesterfor violating the 1990 Computer Misuse Act and the 2006 Fraud Act, according to police.
The duo is accused of using the Zeus Trojan,
also known as Zbot, in a plot to steal information. According to the
Metropolitan Police's Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU), it is believed the
Trojan was configured to record victim's online bank account
information and passwords, as well as credit card numbers and other
information such as .
"The Zeus Trojan
is a piece of malware used increasingly by criminals to obtain huge
quantities of sensitive information from thousands of compromised
computers around the world," said Detective Inspector Colin Wetherill
of the PCeU, in a statement. "The arrests represent a considerable
breakthrough in our increasing efforts to combat online criminality."Zeus is widely available for purchase in the cyber-underground and is typically spammed out in e-mails. Earlier this year, Fortinet observed a
surge of activity from the Trojan, and reported that the malware posted
record detection levels for a single-day July 24. It went on to rank
number two on Fortinet's list of Top 10 malware during July 21 to Aug.
20.Trend Micro reported a
new spam campaign tied to Zeus earlier this month that prompted
recipients to update their MySpace account. The link in the e-mail took
users to a fake login page, and ultimately tried to trick users into
downloading a supposed -MySpace Update Tool' that was in fact the
is one of the most notorious pieces of malware of recent times,"
blogged Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. "It's a
data-stealing Trojan horse, designed to grab information from internet
users which would help hackers break into online bank accounts and
social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace."