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Researchers Warn:Trojan evolving through ‘open source’ development

Trojan malware evolving swiftly as hackers customise code according to their needs

 

Source: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9224112/Citadel_banking_malware_is_evolving_and_spreading_rapidly_researchers_warn

 Citadel banking Trojan evolving through ‘open source’ development

Citadel, a computer Trojan that targets online banking users, is evolving and spreading rapidly because its creators have adopted an “open source” development model, according to researchers from cyberthreat management firm Seculert. The new piece of malware is based on ZeuS, one of the oldest and most popular online banking Trojans. ZeuS was abandoned by its creator in late 2010 and its source codeleaked online a few months later.

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“Seculert’s Research Lab discovered the first indication of a Citadel botnet on December 17th, 2011,” the security company claimed. “The level of adoption and development of Citadel is rapidly growing.”

Seculert has identified over 20 botnets that use different versions of this Trojan. “Each version added new modules and features, some of which were submitted by the Citadel customers themselves,” the company said.

The most interesting aspect of Citadel is its development process, which is similar to the ones behind community-supported open source projects. “Similar to legitimate software companies, the Citadel authors provide their customers with a User Manual, Release Notes and a License Agreement,” Seculert said.

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