Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?
Security Botnet

New Cridex Malware Copies Tactics From GameOver Zeus 18

Trailrunner7 writes The GameOver Zeus malware had a nice run for itself, making untold millions of dollars for its creators. But it was a run that ended with a multi-continent operation from law enforcement and security researchers to disassemble the infrastructure. Now researchers have identified a new variant of the Cridex malware that has adopted some of the techniques that made GOZ so successful in its day.

Researchers at IBM's X-Force research team have seen a new version of Cridex, which is also known as Bugat and Feodo, using some of the same techniques that GOZ used to such good effect. Specifically, the new strain of malware has adopted GOZ's penchant for using HTML injections, and the researchers say the technique is nearly identical to the way that GOZ handled it.

"There are two possible explanations for this. First, someone from the GOZ group could have moved to the Bugat team. This would not be the first time something like this has happened, which we've witnessed in other cases involving Zeus and Citadel; however, it is not very likely in this case since Bugat and GOZ are essentially competitors, while Zeus and Citadel are closely related. The second and more likely explanation is that the Bugat team could have analyzed and perhaps reversed the GOZ malware before copying the HTML injections that made GOZ so highly profitable for its operators," Etay Maor, a senior fraud prevention strategist at IBM, wrote in an analysis of the new malware.
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

New Cridex Malware Copies Tactics From GameOver Zeus

Comments Filter:
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 17, 2014 @03:51PM (#47690605)

    >China where all this shite comes from
    Are you kidding ? Botnets and other malware are Made In Russia. Go check the chinese forums, there's nothing. On the other hand you'll find more """hacking""" forums in Russian than English.
    The world renowned "chinese hackers" are just due to the chinese government being as subtle as a brick to the face in their online operations.

A physicist is an atom's way of knowing about atoms. -- George Wald