Malware Infected Kitty Photos Prove Nothing on the Internet is Just Fun Anymore

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Cat photos. They’re all so adorable and potentially full of malware. Main Street reports that a new British mobile network study has discovered some of the kitty pictures that the Internet loves so much are actually carrying a Trojan that will steal money from your bank account. French security researcher Xylitol sniffed out the Zeus or Zbot Trojan malware, a malicious bit of software that hides in JPEG files using steganography.

Also known as ZeusVM, the Trojan malware sits in the user’s computer undetected and invisible. The malware is programmed with a database of bank addresses and once the users loads into one. From here ZeusVM infects your web browser and triggers invisible transactions.

This vulnerability has already been spotted in one image of a cat laying in money and photographs of rainbows, but there could be many more infected images out there. However, this is an easily avoidable problem by simply immediately deleting emails from complete strangers with subjects like “click to see a cute cat” or “check it out, double rainbow.” In general it’s just commonsense to avoid emails with attachments from people you don’t know.

Via PetaPixel

Zeus Malware Boosts Your Instagram Presence With Fake Likes and Followers for a Price

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In its original incarnation, the Zeus malware grabbed your banking and credit information. With the rising tide of social media, Zeus has been repurposed to generate fake likes and followers. What’s a new online company with no presence going to do? Stealing credit card information surely won’t do a thing, but a fake fanbase to generate hype would help. Purchasing a fake following exists in a murky grey area. Likes and followers are sold in bulk on forums. 1,000 Instagram followers goes for about $15 whereas 1,000 likes goes for $30. 1,000 credit card numbers goes for a paltry $6.


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