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Solo attacker likely responsible for phishing campaign, delivering Zeus variant

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December 19, 2014 Solo attacker likely responsible for phishing campaign, delivering Zeus variant

Phishing emails, a phishing kit and phony browser alerts are being used to steal credentials and deliver a variant of the Zeus trojan, and researchers with PhishLabs – the security firm that identified the threat – believe the operations are being carried out by a single individual.

In a Friday email correspondence, Don Jackson, director of threat intelligence with PhishLabs, told SCMagazine.com that the tools and tactics being used are indicative that this is a one-person job – although, he added, there are no clues as to who the attacker is and where they are located.

“The scale of attacks is small, and the gains only make economic sense if the operation is “masterminded” with little reliance on other partners or outside criminal-to-criminal services that would reduce profit margins,” Jackson said.

To deliver the Zeus variant via phony browser alerts, the attacker first sends...(continued)

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