Zeus attack nets $1.1M from UK bank customers

Customers lost up to US$4,700 each to criminals who used a variant of the Zeus data-stealing Trojan to infect Windows systems, Macs and even Wii consoles, according to security company M86.

Hackers have siphoned more than half-a-million pounds from U.K. bank accounts since July using a variant of the Zeus banking Trojan, according to security company M86.

M86 discovered the theft after gaining access to a command-and-control server in Moldova, the company said in a paper published on Tuesday. Between Jul. 5 and Aug. 4, 2010, hackers stole US$1.1 million from the customers of one of the biggest UK financial institutions, according to M86.

Mark Kaplan, M86's chief security architect, told ZDNet Asia's sister site ZDNet UK on Wednesday that just under 37,000 British computers had been infected by the Trojan as part of the attack, with around 3,000 bank accounts compromised.

Read more of "Zeus attack nets £675,000 from UK bank customers" at ZDNet UK.