Zeus spreading through drive-by download

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Zeus spreading through drive-by download

Angela Moscaritolo

November 30 2009

Updated Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009 at 10:47 a.m. EST

The notorious information-stealing Zeus trojan is currently spreading via drive-by download, said security researchers at IT management software and solutions vendor CA.

Those behind Zeus, or Zbot, recently began circulating spam claiming to come from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), requesting users submit a “tax refund request form” by clicking on a link that is provided. 

Clicking takes victims to a website that attempts to perform a drive-by download, meaning users do not need to take any further action to be infected, Don Debolt, director of threat research at CA, told SCMagazineUS.com on Monday.

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