New Spy Eye 'Toolkit' Kills Trojan, Then Steals Bank Info
|A new Trojan horse has surfaced online; its primary functionality makes it appear to be friendly to end users, but the final result can prove disastrous.
On one hand, the Spy Eye toolkit is celebrated for its ability to remove malicious rival programs from infected computers. It boasts a feature called "Kill Zeus" which removes all traces of the notorious Zeus virus from a victim's PC.
Of course, the Trojan horse has ulterior motives in playing the hero. It "Kills" the Zeus Trojan so that the computer is once again susceptible to attack, meaning that Spy Eye has exclusive access to usernames and passwords.
Botnet Problems on the Rise
Zeus and Spy Eye are both designed to give hackers a simple way to establish their own botnet network of password-stealing programs. Botnet problems escalated in 2009, with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation estimating that they have caused $100 million in overall losses. (Source: yahoo.com)
Malicious programs like Spy Eye and Zeus are designed to steal bank information, which is then used to empty all known accounts. With Zeus out of the picture, Spy Eye can collect a much larger, uncontested dollar amount.
According to Symantec Senior Research Manager Ben Greenbaum, Spy Eye surfaced in Russian cybercrime forums this past December. However, the "Kill Zeus" option makes Spy Eye one of the most aggressive forms of crimeware around. The software can also steal data as it is transferred back to a Zeus command-and-control server. ...