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Alert: Zeus Trojan Targets Facebook Users

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    Alert: Zeus Trojan Targets Facebook Users


    There have been several stories in the news in the past few days regarding Zeus Trojan targeting facebook users.

    Alert: Zeus Trojan Targets Facebook Users - AVG

    Alert: Zeus Trojan Targets Facebook Users

    The Zeus trojan was first spotted in the wild in 2007 when it was designed to steal your passwords and access your bank accounts to withdraw you funds.
    Zeus has had a resurgence lately and is now spread through phishing emails, and as identified by AVG, through MMS messages purporting to be a tax refund or a traffic ticket (this is particularly relevant in the Czech Republic right now).
    It is also spread by clicking on malicious links in Facebook and on fake Facebook friend requests (the links will often tell friends to click the link to view products or videos). If you click on one of these links, quite often an installation box will launch and it will look like your software is updating, however what is launching is the trojan and this will enable it to capture data from your logins, such as passwords. We have alerted our Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Instagram and Pinterest communities
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    As you can see above, the attached archive contains a malicious executable file with double extension pretending to be a JPG image (e.g. “MMS img 76897644.jpeg.exe“). This technique is quite common in these cases. The sample itself is usually a Zeus bot downloader which contacts its C&C server and downloads other malicious files.
    The Zeus virus targets Windows users and will not operate on the Mac OS or Linux.
    We would recommend that you do the following:

    Make sure that your antivirus softwaree is up to date and that you scan your system regularly.
    Ensure all software is kept up to date regularly, this helps to ‘patch’ vulnerabilities.
    Don’t open attachments on emails, particularly those that are executable files. Even if they are from trusted friends, it’s just not worth the risk!
    Last edited by Brink; 09 Jun 2013 at 23:52.

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Alert: Zeus Trojan Targets Facebook Users
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