One in every 3,000 computers monitored by a Web security firm that works to protect more than 6 million users is already infected by this malware. It is a modern update of the Zeus password-stealing malware and it is becoming increasingly dangerous. Trusteer, based out of New York, says the knew version, dubbed Version 1.4 or Version 2 Targets, targets Firefox browsers using advanced polymorphic techniques. These techniques excel at thwarting antivirus software and ultimately increase fraud losses. Trusteer says its Flashlight remote fraud investigation and mitigation service is already linked with the newest version of Zeus, also known as Zbot, with fraud against commercial and consumer bankers in the US and England. It is believed that Zeus is being licensed by many criminal organizations in order to attack financial institution’s customers.
With this incredible infection rate, it is obvious as to why Trusteer is working quickly to combat the problem. At the time being, however, the malware is still stealing passwords for criminal organizations. Trusteer expects this most recent update of the Zeus to have higher fruad losses than the prior version due to the increase in online banking with FireFox users.They also claim that the infection rate for this malware is growing at a rapid pace. In the meantime, banking offline might be a better decision. For the moment, however, it looks like this new malware is here to stay.
We are warning all of our users to make sure they are running the latest updates on all of the protective software running on their PC’s.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to see if you may be at risk:
Do you ever open emails from unknown senders?
When was the last time you scanned your computer for viruses?
Do you have a 2010 version of antivirus protection installed in your computer?
Does your computer feel bogged down? Is it running slower than the day you purchased it?
Is your personal information (such as date of birth, hometown, names of family members, etc.) readily available on any of the social networking sites?
If you answered YES to any of these questions you may be at serious risk!
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George Steel – Covers internet security issues, malicious sites, computer virus threats from all around the world, and general technology breaking news for Antivirus Help Center.