Wednesday, November 18, 2009

UK Police Reveal Arrests Over Zeus Banking Malware

British police said Wednesday they've made the first arrests in Europe of two people for using Zeus, a sophisticated malicious software program that can scoop up any sensitive information on a PC.

A man and woman, both 20 years old, were arrested in Manchester, England, on Nov. 3, said the Metropolitan Police's Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU). The pair, who have been released on bail, will face charges under the 1990 Computer Misuse Act and the 2006 Fraud Act.

Zeus is an advanced piece of malicious software. If installed on a PC, it can send spam, steal financial or other data or conduct a distributed denial-of-service attack against other computers. Machines infected with Zeus are essentially a botnet. PC World

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