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‘India third most attacked nation by Zeus malware’

India was the third most affected country in 2013 by the notorious Zeus malware-attack that is used to steal sensitive data from industries like finance, government, manufacturing and services, security solutions firm Websense said.

Zeus is a malware that runs on PCs running versions of Microsoft Windows operating system. While it can carry out many malicious and criminal tasks, it is often used to steal banking information by keystroke logging and form grabbing.

It is also used to install CryptoLocker ransomware, which locks access to the computer unless a fee is paid to the hacker by the user.

India followed the U.S. and the UK, in terms of attacks based on geographic location, Websense said in its 2014 Threat Report. Other countries on the list included Canada, Brazil, Australia, Mexico, Italy, France and Turkey, it added.

While services were the most attacked, manufacturing, finance and government sectors followed closely on the list. Other target sectors included communications, education, retail, healthcare, transportation and utilities. Zeus is spread mainly through drive-by downloads and phishing schemes.

Zeus started attacking systems sometime in 2006. In June 2009, security company Prevx estimated that Zeus had compromised over 74,000 FTP accounts on websites of companies like Bank of America, NASA, Monster.com, ABC, Oracle, Cisco, Amazon and BusinessWeek. — PTI



It is often used to steal banking information by keystroke logging



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