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Putting hackers on notice: Watch your flank

Abel Toro, Security Researcher, Websense | July 1, 2014
Let's look at a vulnerability in the C&C of a Zeus Trojan in circulation and discuss whether it's legal or ethical.

Summary

 As we have demonstrated, while Zeus is regarded as an 'advanced' banking Trojan it is also suspected to bugs that may allow, in an ironic twist, an attacker with the technical skillset to take over a botnet's C&C server. While our previous blog posts went into details regarding the internal details of the Zeus bot, in this blog post, we tried to provide a different perspective and an insider look into how the C&C server operates.

 Now, what should we do about it?

 

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