User:How Zeus Works?

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Zeus is also known as Zbot and is basically a malware toolkit that allows cybercriminals to build their own Trojan horse.

After infecting the machine, Zeus Trojan remains dormant until the end user visits a Web page with a form to fill out. The primary function of this malware is to commit financial fraud, thus its information stealing behavior makes it a great threat to all

The most heinous feature of this Trojan is that it allows criminals to add fields to forms at the browser level. This means that instead of directing the end user to a counterfeit website, it will let the user see the legitimate website but ask them to fill in an additional blank field.

After the PC is infected with this Trojan, it becomes a part of a botnet. The malware is customized to leverage credentials from banks, including through email attachments and malicious Web links.

The adaptable feature of Zeus Trojan gives it the power to evade antivirus software applications easily.

What does it steal anyway?

Information submitted in HTTP forms and Flash cookies Account login details stored in the Windows Protected Storage Account details of FTP and POP accounts Redirects you to web pages that they control Captures screenshots and scrapes HTML from infected websites and pages Changes the local hosts file (%systemroot%\system32\drivers\etc\hosts) Downloads and executes random applications, without your knowledge or permission

Deletes registry keys so as to prevent your computer from booting into Windows

As you can see, this Trojan isn’t worth being taken casually; act before it makes it difficult for you to tackle it. Although Zeus is the most notorious banking malware, it certainly isn’t impossible to fight it. Beware while you are online; you never know what all you can download by clicking on a simple e-mail attachment. Install a robust security program with the latest updates in it so that threats such as this Trojan are unable to evade the security checks.

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