Creator of hacking software announces retirement
Creator of hacking software announces retirement The Russian creator of the malicious software that has been used to steal an estimated $100 million so far this year from U.S. towns, companies and individuals, has announced to retire from the world of hacking computers.
But security experts believe there is a good chance he will soon emerge with even more powerful ways to steal, a pattern of behavior seen after previous retirements in 2007 and 2008.
ZeuS’ anonymous programmer, who lives in Russia and seems to like nice cars and powerful trucks, first introduced ZeuS in 2007 as spyware that would hide in users’ computers and log keystrokes to steal passwords, said Don Jackson, director of threat intelligence at the security firm SecureWorks. The programmer, rather than doing the stealing himself, used a middleman to sell the spyware software to criminal gangs. A basic version would run as low as $1,000 but could be customized for an extra fee. He would also offer 24/7 support.