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Cybercrooks have embraced the open-source model in the development of banking Trojans following the release of source code for the infamous ZeuS cybercrime toolkit last year. Multiple variants of a Zeus Trojan called Citadel have emerged over recent weeks as VXers have embraced a new development lifecycle - dubbed open-source …


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  1. Keith T

    Where in god's name is law enforcement?

    Where in god's name is law enforcement?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "Where in god's name is law enforcement?"

      I imagine they're eagerly poring over what the crims are making available, seeing what they can use to police the real criminals (you know - us law-abiding citizens).

      1. Graham Wilson

        @Keith T -- Who cares?

        It won't help to know anyway.

    2. Graham Marsden

      @Keith T

      "Where in god's name is law enforcement?"

      They're too busy tracking down those eeeeevvillll Copyright "Thieves"....

    3. Franklin

      Hamstrung by jurisdictional issues.

      I've actually worked with law enforcement on malware issues in the past. A lot of these guys are in Eastern Europe, where it's virtually impossible to get to them. In some cases, the malware authors brag openly about what they do, secure in the knowledge that they're untouchable.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not news

    Because, of course, on El Reg, we all read Krebs, don't we? (sic)

  3. Kikki D

    Easy answer

    Catching motorists speeding & stopping tourists/photographers from taking pictures.....

  4. Grikath


    The real Darth Boffins use this extra availability and "ease of use" to create more..background.. from Darth-wannabees to create a nice little forest fire in cyberland to attract attention, while they themselves can work on their new Death Ray in relative peace and quiet.

    Moves behind moves, behind moves, etc.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Cybercrooks have embraced the open-source model.

    "Cybercriminals have embraced open-source malware with the creation of 20 unique botnets using the new Citadel malware, which is starting to become the FreeBSD of e-banking fraudsters. Several of those botnets have infected more than 100,000 machines, Raff reports".

    Is there a competition for who can get open-source associated with the most derogatory terms. By what flawed logic does FreeBSD have anything to do with this? Tell me this, what IDE do they write the code in, and why isn't this deemed Microsoft Malware?

    ZeuS .. requires SHELL32.dll

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