About Us | Contact Us
View Cart

Zeus: Not a Myth

By Dan Hadaway | Monday, February 1, 2010 - Leave a Comment

AVS is One Layer of Security, YOU are the Other!

Now that anti-virus systems (AVS) are rather “under-the-radar,” we might think that we are protected from viruses.  But that’s not true. Bad guys are beating the AVS systems by involving YOU.

And modern viruses are actually being DESIGNED by organized crime to target and attack banks. Zeus is a suite of applications now being sold by crime organizations. Using Zeus, a hacker (with very limited technical knowledge) can design viruses, phishing attacks, spam campaigns . . . even orchestrated attacks using all of the above!  And as usual e-mail, social media sites, and chat rooms are the most targeted vulnerabilities.

Beware ALL incoming messages . . . it’s not just about avoiding those unexpected e-mail attachments anymore. Apply the same vigilance you hopefully use when processing incoming e-mail messages to your use of social media sites, blogs, and chat rooms.

The incoming malicious e-mail messages are much more sophisticated than the old days of “I are your friend!”

Recently attacks have come in the form of messages with the following subject lines:

  • Final Technical Report
  • New Patterns in Al-Qaeda Financing
  • INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY REMINDER
  • DEFINING AND DETERRING CYBER WAR
  • W-2 Form Update

And these are just a few.  The point is, the bad guys are getting more and more sophisticated all the time.  By clicking on a seemingly benign link in these seemingly legitimate messages, non-vigilant victims have opened holes right into their own private systems and worse, their company’s network!

It seems scary, and it is. But defending ourselves against these people is not rocket science. We just need to be vigilant as we perform our daily tasks. It simply boils down to the fact that we must THINK every time we see an incoming message that has a link.  IT MUST MAKE A LOT OF SENSE.  And before we even look for the link, let’s ask ourselves “do I even need to read this message?”

Do not fear the delete button!  It is your friend!

Finally, the good guys can win this by becoming aware.  Do some reading here and there.  Talk to your friends and co-workers when you see a scam.  And when we send a message with a link, let’s be sure to make it obvious who the message is from and where the link is going.

Zeus might not be a myth anymore, but we can still defend ourselves against him!

Click here for more information about User Awareness Training.

 

Infotex Team

Intended Use:

The purpose of Vigilize is to respond to ISO’s complaints that users never read ISO’s “ongoing security awareness training reminders.”  Our tweets are designed to be copied into the subject line of your awareness reminder, with the language on these pages put into the body.  The goal is that the user will have to read the subject line to know to delete the message, and if they understand the subject line the reminder is communicated.  If not, they will go into the message and read the reminder.

Feel free to use Vigilize in your own Security Awareness Program.  Let us know if you have any ideas, suggested tweets, or ways to improve this FREE service.

Posted in Vigilize

Latest News
    Our Lead Non-Technical Auditor takes a look at the new AIO Guidance… Architecture, Infrastructure, and Operations (AIO) is the latest booklet released by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) in their line of  IT Examination Handbooks. It is an update to their 2004 Operations booklet and, as the name implies, expands into the areas […]
    Another awareness poster for YOUR customers (and users).  Now that we have our own employees aware, maybe it’s time to start posting content for our customers! Download the large versions here: Awareness Poster (Portrait) Awareness Poster (Landscape)   You are welcome to print out and distribute this around your office. Interested in one of ours […]
    Many organizations still fail to consider the unique risks posed by cloud computing… An article review. Last month thousands of Western Digital MyCloud device owners learned about the risks of cloud-based solutions the hard way: their data had been wiped remotely due to a flaw in the internet-facing component of their external hard drives. While […]
    infotex does not use Kaseya… We are protecting our Clients! Another blog post meant to inspire thought about IT Governance . . . . To all infotex managed security service Clients: As you may be aware there was a large ransomware attack recently that leveraged a remote management tool called Kaseya that is used by many […]
    While we’re not a news service, we often use current events to comment on trends and our services. This blog is intended to get people thinking about topics and trends in Technology Risk Management, through our article reviews, as well as through original blog articles about current events and our MSSP services (such as our […]
    PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BUSINESS NEWS Dan Hadaway and Sara Fultz co-wrote an article in the Spring 2021 issue of the Ohio Record, the Official Magazine of the Ohio Bankers League.  Find out on page 20 and 21 of the magazine how tabletop testing strengthens bank cybersecurity. You can read the article here! […]
    You’ve heard it from every MSSP you’ve met: the definition of a SIEM is in the eye of the beholder. But at infotex, we are not talking about the database – an asset whose definition is continuously evolving. We’re talking about the way three teams collaborate in an overall Technology Risk Monitoring process. And whether […]
    After the large number of high-profile breaches in the recent months, it is easy to become disconcerted about how to prevent such things from happening to your Bank. The answer to preventing a breach is a very complex one. infotex will explore this with you! The heightened level of awareness and extra protective tendencies that […]
    A follow-up on Dan’s 2008 Password Manifesto On the NIST Publication on Digital Identity Guidelines Another one of those Dan’s New Leaf Posts, meant to inspire thought about IT Governance . . . . In June 2017, NIST released a special publication on digital identity, NIST SP 800-63, that is starting to get the attention […]
    Another awareness poster for YOUR customers (and users).  Now that we have our own employees aware, maybe it’s time to start posting content for our customers! Download the large versions here: Awareness Poster (Portrait) Awareness Poster (Landscape)   You are welcome to print out and distribute this around your office. Interested in one of ours […]