The Zeus banking malware has been recently spotted with a new twist…ransomware. Ransomware, sometimes called scareware, is a malicious program that infects a computer and then locks it preventing the user access to their computer or their data unless a ransom is paid. Zeus is a trojan malware that is injected onto a computer, usually by a victim visiting an Internet website designed to do so, and then steals your online banking credentials and account information and proceeds to transfer your funds from your bank to one owned by a criminal organization.
It seems that this new combination uses the ransomware as a distraction, locking up the computer to the user and sending it’s extortion message to pay a fee to remove the “detected” malware (it’s usual dastardly deed), while Zeus cleans out your bank account. Hey, Zeus is pretty effective on its own, without ransomware, but together they’re a lethal combination…lethal to your bank account.
If you encounter the symptoms of ransomware, call your bank immediately to let them know you may be infected with the Zeus banking malware and to freeze all transactions to or from your account. See Electronic Banking: Do You Do It Safely? for more help.
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