A new version of Zeus with a Christmas theme has emerged

Zeus – New version with Christmas 2011 theme

QUOTE: This morning, I came across an entertaining Christmas-themed ZeuS Web panel while monitoring online forums. I investigated the contents of the web panel package, which turned out to be Ghost Panel with a modified skin.   The Ghost Panel is an altered version of the last Zeus Web Panel (version before the crimeware’s development was halted by its original author, Monstr/Slavik. The Ghost Panel was a craft of another hacker with the handle FreeZS, and was primarily created to become more resilient to AV monitoring.  While professional criminal parties capitalize on ZeuS by improving the bot’s functionalities, this reminds us that leaked Zeus versions are still being utilized by petty criminals who continue to contribute to the number of ZeuS attacks that we are facing today.