14 Apr 2014

Nine Accused of Distributing Zeus Malware

The US Department of Justice charged nine people on allegations of intentionally spreading malicious software to steal millions of dollars from several high-profile US Banks, according to recently disclosed official documents.

The accused, including two Ukrainians nationals who now face charges in Nebraska, allegedly conspired to infect computers with Zeus to steal banking credentials and hack online bank accounts to transfer money to so-called "money mules".

Hackers have managed to defraud Bank Of America, First Federal Savings Bank, First National Bank Of Omaha, Key Bank, Salisbury Bank & Trust, Union Bank And Trust and the United Bankshares Corporation.

The group is also held responsible for hacking thousands of business computers to defraud companies like Bullitt County Fiscal Court, Doll Distributing, Franciscan Sisters Of Chicago, Husker Ag, Llc, Parago, Inc., Town Of Egremont.

The Court says that, if convicted, each defendant will pay a money penalty equal to the total value of the property subject to forfeiture, which is at least $70,000,000.00.

Zeus, ZeuS, or Zbot is one of the most high-profile banking Trojans running on WIndows computers, infecting millions of computers since its appearance in 2007.