Recently I wrote a three part series of articles (part 1, part 2, part 3) on the evolving threat landscape in the European Union.
New Microsoft Malware Protection Center Threat Report published: EyeStye
As I wrote in these articles, there has been a steep rise in the malware infection rates in some European countries that typically have some of the lowest malware infection rates in the world: Austria, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. Four specific families of threats contributed to the steep rise in the malware infection rates in these locations: Win32/EyeStye
(also known as Zeus), Win32/Keygen
, and Blacole
Win32/EyeStye is a family of Trojans that attempt to steal sensitive data, such as logon credentials, from banking websites and other online properties. It then sends this data to a remote attacker. EyeStye is distributed commercially in the form of a builder kit. Modules or plug-ins are also available.
This paper is recommended reading for security professionals on the front lines of trying to defend their organizations and people from threats like EyeStye.