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The Greek Tragedy: A “Zeus Trojan”

Identity, Information Security
Author: Mark Dixon
Thursday, September 30, 2010
8:49 pm

imageAccording to a CNNMoney.com article today,

“An international cybercrime ring was broken up Thursday by federal and state officials who say the alleged hackers used phony e-mails to obtain personal passwords and empty more than $3 million from U.S. bank accounts.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office charged 37 individuals for allegedly using a malicious computer program called Zeus Trojan to hack into the bank accounts of U.S. businesses and municipal entities.”

Isn’t it interesting that this sophisticated imagecybercrime tool was named for Zeus, the Greek "Father of Gods and men" and the Trojan Horse, which allowed Greeks to surreptitiously enter the city of troy and end the Trojan War?

It is as if God and the Greeks have ganged up on the rest of us!

I’m sure God and the Greeks aren’t really conspiring against us, but the Zeus Trojan case underlines the tragic reality that bad guys are  becoming extremely sophisticated in their attacks, and that the cost to us all is rapidly increasing.

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