August 6, 2010

Botnet server taken down

by Jan Harris

An Eastern European command-and-control server for a new Zeus 2.0 botnet, discovered this week by security firm Trusteer, has now been taken down, according to zdnet.co.uk.

The botnet targeted customers of UK banks, stealing financial details including credit and debit card numbers, online banking log-ins and bank statements.

ZDNet cites a senior Metropolitan Police source as saying that the botnet, which included over 100,000 infected machines, is no longer a threat.

After stealing the data the cybercriminals stored it on a sophisticated database that would allow them to build profiles of users which could be used for further fraud.

AVG has also warned of a botnet stealing personal date from over 55,000 computers.

The Mumba botnet has mainly affected computers in the US, stealing details from social networking sites, as well as bank details.

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