THE RELEASE of free Zeus Trojan source code is creating an army of budding young cyber criminals, according to a Russian security expert.
Dmitry Bestuzhev, head of global research and analysis for Latin America at Kaspersky Lab, believes that criminal minds released the code so that cyber crime would become more popular.
"What they want to do is give some information and experience to other criminals in order to make cyber crime more popular than it is now," he said at the firm's analyst event in Spain.
It was back in May when security researchers found that the source code for the sophisticated banking Trojan was available freely. Once it has infected a computer, the Zeus Trojan has the ability to steal banking information through keylogging.
"In the past, you had to buy or develop something to start," Besthuzhev said of cyber crime. "When it became a known tool, the price was around $5,000. When another Trojan tool called SpyEye was released, it was lowered to $2,500."
"Today it's completely free and available on the Internet. If you go to Google and put the name of Zeus in, you'll get more than 6,300 results."
"That means a lot of Zeus seeds, the most sophisticated Trojan in the world right now, are completely free." µ