Spy Eye Taking on Zeus in Botnet Turf War

Spy Eye's 'Kill Zeus' option is the most aggressive crimeware, says researcher.

 By Kara Reeder
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Spy Eye Toolkit, a little-known Trojan program that has been spotted on Russian cyber crime forums, has decided to take on its much-larger rival, Zeus, by stealing data and then removing the malicious program from infected computers.

According to Computerworld, Spy Eye has recently added a feature called "Kill Zeus" that removes the Zeus software from the victim's PC. Spy Eye then has exclusive access to usernames and passwords.

Kevin Stevens, a researcher with SecureWorks, calls Spy Eye's "Kill Zeus" option the most aggressive crimeware, as the software can also snatch data as it is sent back to a Zeus command-and-control server.

This article was originally published on Feb 10, 2010
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