Zeus Trojan returns: Facebook being used to spread the infection

By David Tom
Jun 5, 2013
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  1. The infamous Zeus malware has once again resurfaced, but this time it’s using Facebook to further its crime spree. First detected in 2007, Zeus has infected millions of computers over the past six years. Despite the efforts of numerous security...

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,806   +1,431

    This says it all in one sentence. It is easy to see kickbacks in Facebook's wallet. This is my only question, "Who is paying them to remain neutral?". Is it those who would infect or those who would disinfect?
  3. So, how do you get the virus?
  4. Its airborne
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,806   +1,431

    I think the article mentioned links on specific Facebook pages leading to where the virus is found.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,921   +724

    So in other words, Facebook are in cahoots with these malware distributors.
  7. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    I highly doubt FB has anything to actually do with this trojan. To think otherwise is simply silly. However given the SIZE of FB I can see why they are having trouble narrowing in on it. Theres too many accounts. Too many fake accounts. It would be a simple matter for a hacker to just create a new profile, put the virus out there, then delete it and start another. The sad part about this malware is it relys on ppls need to be lazy. Much as online shopping has done. I have never and will never check my bank account, that I have to live on, on a computer or smartphone. Its a risk simply having that information on those devices. Let alone useing that device for any banking transactions. I would suggest to FB users that you use FB on a computer that doesnt have ANY banking use done on it. Atleast this way the damage can be minimized untill a solution to this malware can be found.
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  8. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,043   +696

    Zeus is not your typical malware... it's actually something that helps criminals build their own malware. I don't know much about it, but it sounds like a sort of malware framework complete with an online community to help you get your viruses working. This is why it's been around since 2007... it's not a single virus, it's a starting point to new ones.
  9. Littleczr

    Littleczr TechSpot Booster Posts: 368   +68

    Can't wait to get get my degree.
  10. Tanstar

    Tanstar TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 195   +18

    A nice addition to the article would've been to list some Anti-malware programs that can locate the trojan on your computer.
    treetops likes this.
  11. As the owner of a retail computer repair business, I can assure you all that the current state of anti-virus protection can NOT prevent this infection. FB's advice to use and AV to stop this type of infection is nothing more than their attempt to dodge responsibility for their inability to stop scammers from using FB
     
  12. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TechSpot Booster Posts: 571   +98

    Nothing new about compromised links on FB. It has always been a hazard, definitely not worth it.
  13. treetops

    treetops TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,658   +57

    Yeah I was wondering the same thing.
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  14. JA Logan

    JA Logan Newcomer, in training

    The problem is that Zeus is polymorphic. It changes itself to avoid detection.
  15. Night Hacker

    Night Hacker TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 112   +12

    It's not a VIRUS... it's a TROJAN, there is a difference. There are some basic rules I follow when on Facebook. Do not click any links that lead to external websites. You do not NEED to "LIKE" every page out there. I never play games or use any other Facebook apps (I block ALL of them).

    Far too often I see people click these links that are so obviously faked, yet they click them anyhow, then enter information on the website. It's no different than any other website.
  16. MannerMauler

    MannerMauler TechSpot Member Posts: 24

    Trie malwarebytes, it's updated every day
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  17. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    Seems to me FB is between a rock and a hard place here. They could screen out or put barriers up against those who post malware links but that degree of oversight would bring down the wrath of privacy advocates. Lots of potential here for FB to overreach the fuzzy boundaries of what's proper. And since they couldn't be 100% effective anyway, what legal repercussions might follow from the links they didn't catch, once they start trying to safeguard their users? If FB jumped into this one, it could turn into a real tangle. Better maybe for users to exercise reasonable caution. Or avoid FB entirely.
  18. Tanstar

    Tanstar TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 195   +18


    Yeah, I run it every so often on my rig (and did so just after reading this article), but mentioning it and other anti-malware programs would be a nice addition to this article. That way I can post it to Facebook and my non-tech friends can get something useful from it instead of just scaring them.


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