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The veteran Trojan Horse named ‘Zeus’ , which is active since 2007 and managed to knock many enterprise networks now returns thanks to a Facebook page that was set up for it. While in the meantime the page in question has been removed from the social network, there have been a variety of botnet updates on various security loopholes and various updates added to Zeus making it more up-to-date and dangerous.
It seems that the ideal platform for marketing and advertising today is none other than Facebook. Social network of over one billion users is a convenient tool with which you can reach a wide customer audience in particular, and to create a specific brand for maximum exposure. Brands and companies are not the only ones who think about it, hackers decided to use it to spread malicious code, Trojan horses and botnets to all interested parties.
The Facebook page in question, along with other Facebook Pages starting to emerge across the social network offer a variety of malicious codes, such as Zeus. That is, for a price of several hundred dollars, users can hold the tools to break in, steal and sabotage any system they want. Even if users do not know such actions, those pages offer to anyone who wants to hack but not holding the technical knowledge, to perform hacking services by “team of experts” for charge.
Whereas Zeus is a relatively old malicious code, with the right tools and developers stand behind it can be repeated and significantly impact sites, users and organizations. In fact, the page that was removed offered management interface for administrator, and a link to an external site designated for potential buyers, demonstrating the capabilities of Zeus.
To date, FaaS proposals and business offers were conducted in dark forums and hidden sites on the net, to reach users who knew where to look and were willing to “take the risk” in order to damage sites or different companies. Now, with the arrival of developers and hackers to Facebook, which offers international distribution of any product or service available on the market, it seems that the options open to anyone who wants.
While there is no doubt that Facebook will work very hard to find and remove pages of this type, it will likely not be able to handle the load and occasionally pages will be able to showcase their products during several days maybe even weeks – during which many users will get their hands on these malicious codes to harm others. Bottom line, it seems that now is the best time to avoid clicking on unknown links, keep an eye with regard to sites that require information from you, and maybe even change compatible passwords in several services.