Zeus Trojan (Zbot)
Definition - What does Zeus Trojan (Zbot) mean?
The Zeus Trojan is also known as Zbot.
Techopedia explains Zeus Trojan (Zbot)
The Zeus Trojan was first identified in 2007 when it was used to steal various pieces of information from the U.S. Department of Transportation, and it was estimated by security analysts that by 2009 it had already infiltrated more than 74,000 accounts, including those from banks, financial and non-financial institutions such as the Bank of America, Oracle, NASA and Amazon.
In 2010, the FBI arrested more than 100 conspirators believed to be spreading the virus from the USA, UK and Ukraine. The virus, which comes in a packaged installer complete with resources such as remote server programs and instructions, is readily available for hackers and is sold for $700 to $1500, but the source code is believed to have been leaked in 2011, ensuring that there are now a lot of other Trojans based on Zeus.
Standard methods of removing the Trojan still apply such as using a "reliable" anti-spyware program or manually removing the executable file of the program, which is usually named along the lines of "088709.exe".
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