Zeus identity-theft Trojan is back, FBI warns

A new strain of the infamous Zeus Trojan is again wrecking havoc in cyberspace and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said that it can defeat security measures of top financial institutions.

The latest ID-theft malware known as Gameover, starts via spam e-mails also known as phishing schemes supposed to come from the National Automated Clearing House Association or the NACHA, the Federal Reserve Bank, or the FDIC also known as Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

This was the warning issued by the FBI:

The malware is appropriately called “Gameover” because once it’s on your ocmputer, it can steal usernames and passwords and defeat common methods of user authentication employed by financial institutions. And once the crooks get into your bank account, ti’s definitely “game over”.

Gamover is a newer variant of the Zeus malware, which was created several years ago and specifically targeted banking information.

The scheme usually has a link in the e-mail that if clicked would redirect you to a website. According to the FBI, “once you’re there, you inadvertently download the Gameover amlware, which promptly infects your computer and steals your banking information.”

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Ahlin is a tech columnist who has written about a wide range of technology from high-end smartphones to driver-less cars and electronic diapers. She is a certified nerd and considers chocolate to be the smartest invention of mankind.

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