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Security researchers and cyber criminals are locked in a ceaseless game of cat and mouse, with the latter constantly trying to come up with new ways of delivering malware. However, this does not mean there is no room for an old workhorse like the notorious Zeus malware, a trojan virus that has been in circulation for over seven years now.
New Zeus Touch all-in-one systems from CyberPower PC start at $899.
Here's a riddle for you: What is Zeus without his Thunderbolt? If you guessed an "all-in-one (AIO) PC," pat yourself on the back, and then thank a teacher, without which you may not have been able to read the headline. CyberPower PC's Zeus Touch line is the latest in an influx of touch-capable AIO systems built around Windows 8, though unlike some of the others, Zeus is "fully expandable," CyberPower PC says.
After reportedly making the rounds at several trade shows, Silverstone is just about ready to offer up its flagship Zeus Series ZM1350 power supply to retail. On paper, the ZM1350 is a beastly PSU that pushes the limit of how much output wattage is reasonably attainable from a typical home outlet. It's rated at 1,350W of continuous output, and up to 1,500W of peak power at 50C.
What better way to start the work week than with a delicious slice of irony pie? The hacktivist group known as Anonymous spent the past year harassing websites and web users alike with a series of high profile attacks. Authorities responded by arresting Anons around the world, but new information shows that police weren't the only ones spanking Anonymous. Symantec says that an enterprising bot herder modified a link to one of Anon's voluntary DDoS tools to point to a file infected with the Zeus Trojan instead.
Boutique system vendor CyberPower PC is out to prove that Zeus doesn't need a Thunderbolt to whip up a storm (but we'll gladly take USB 3.0, thank you very much). Zeus is the name of CyberPower PC's newest gaming desktop line with half a dozen models to choose from, including the Zeus Thunder 1000, 2000, 3000, and MAX, all of which feature Intel processors, and the Zeus Lightning 1000 and 2000 models built around AMD's FX platform.
The entire source code for the Zeus trojan is now floating around the web within easy reach of any would-be miscreant who aspires to modify the code for their own evil deeds. Security firm CSIS discovered the source code being sold on at least two black market forums back in late March, and now says the crime kit is being leaked to the public on several underground forums and through other channels.
The ZeuS banking trojan is back making headlines, this time for hitting up infected machines with fake enrollment screens for both Visa and MasterCard credit cards.
"When you log into your bank, it says you have to enroll in Verified by Visa, that it's regulated now and you have to do it," explains Mickey Boodaei, CEO at Trusteer, a security firm.
This new variant sits in waiting until the potential victim logs into a list of targeted sites. Once they do, the ZeuS trojan uses this and other shenanigans to trick users into forking over not just credit card credentials, but Social Security numbers, personal identification numbers, and other personal info.
Think Fortune 500 companies are on the ball? Think again. According to a startling RSA study released this week, as many as 88 percent of Fortune 500 companies might be affected by botnet activity.
As frightening as that sounds, RSA stands behind those numbers. Sean Brady, manager of the Identity Protection and Verification Group at RSA, says his firm analyzed data stolen by the Zeus botnet from compromised PCs in August. The evidence they found led them to IP addresses and email accounts belonging to the U.S.'s top corporations.
"Domains individually representing 88 percent of the Fortune 500 were shown to have been accessed to some extent by computers infected by the Zeus Trojan," the study said.
It also appears that the smaller company, the higher the threat. The study noted a higher ratio of botnet activity to employee accounts in companies with fewer than 75,000 employees.