Criminals Behind Zeus Trojan Fail To Cover Their Tracks

Reports that the Metropolitan Police’s e-crime unit have arrested 19 people in connection with the notorious Zeus Trojan malware – show that some of the criminal groups behind Zeus are failing to cover their tracks.

The arrests shows that some of the criminal groups behind Zeus are doing a poor job in covering their tracks. This provides an excellent opportunity for the police, the banks, and their customers to join together and get more criminals behinds bars.

The police did a great job in tracing down this group and gathering information that can facilitate their arrest. This is not a simple task and I’ve heard many people saying that this is almost impossible due to the level of sophistication from criminals and the complication of the justice system. However, this case and a few others that precede it show that this can be achieved.

In a recent initiative by a few organisations was able to actually penetrate the criminals’ servers and gather a lot of evidence from them. This shows that criminals are vulnerable.

By running more operations like this and by the banks and other organizations investing effort in tracing fraudsters and not just blocking their activities, there is a good chance we can lower the volumes of attacks. Customers can take their banks’ advice and implement fraud prevention tools that provide valuable capabilities to banks in detecting and blocking these threats. By working together we can definitely stop this threat from growing.

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Prior to founding Trusteer, Mickey Boodaei co-founded and held the position of VP of EMEA sales for Imperva. Mickey grew sales from zero to 40% of company revenues in less than 18 months. Prior to that, Mickey was Imperva’s Vice President of Product Management and Technical Services. In this role, Mickey was responsible for defining and creating several category defining products in the fields of application and database security. Prior to Imperva, Mickey was founder and Chief Executive Officer of Edvice - an application and database security consulting group. Edvice provided advanced security services to major financial institutions including penetration testing, security architecture design and implementation of security features for Web-based applications. Mickey also served for six years as a security research engineer in the Israel Defense Forces. There, he worked on security design, penetration testing, and basic research in the fields of application and database security. He holds a B.Sc. degree from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Ben-Gurion University.