I kinda feel bad for the author of that code...
Source code for the latest version of the ZeuS crimeware kit has been leaked on the internet, giving anyone who knows where to look free access to a potent set of malware-generation tools that normally sell for as much as $10,000. Complete source code is available in at least three different locations, ensuring that it is now …
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Not that I know anything much about Zeus, but if it is beginning to have problems, then releasing it to the masses and allowing the market to fill up with clones, many of which will be inferior to the original, might be a good move. In the mean time the developers could move on to producing a better, premium product which would stand out against the newbies.
I've done a virus report card on Zeus/SpyEye vs Stuxnet vs The Perfect Virus that my someday-legal cyber privateers will use to loot the bad guys' bank accounts. I can't wait to get my hands on the Zeus source code and do a deep dive. Then I can upgrade my analysis on The Morgan Doctrine blog. Good news.
So the source code for ZeuS has been published.
What does The Reg do? Nothing useful.
It's available to those who know where to look, by which you mean criminals of one sort or another, together with a small number of "security researchers".
Publish it properly. Let the script kiddies have their 15 minutes of fun before the whole thing is killed off.
What are you worried about? Breach of copyright FFS?
Maybe El Reg is being responsible ?
It is their duty to report the news, but is it their duty to make malware suits even more available than they already are ?
If this was a report about a cache of Anthrax, do you really think it would be a good idea to tell everyone where it is ?
Really, common sense has not survived the millenium.
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