It’s Game Over for Gameover Zeus

The Department of Justice recently announced a multinational law enforcement effort to disrupt the Gameover Zeus Botnet.

What is it and why care about it? Gameover Zeus is malware designed to steal banking and other credentials from home and business computers. Once infected with this malware, a computer becomes part of a global network of compromised computers known as a “botnet.” Criminals use botnets to carry out illegal activity — like sending spam and spreading malware.  

Security researchers estimate that between 500,000 and 1 million computers worldwide are infected with Gameover Zeus, and that about 25 percent of them are in the US. The FBI estimates that Gameover Zeus is responsible for more than $100 million in losses. U.S. and international law enforcement disabled Gameover Zeus and brought charges against one of the people responsible.

If your computer has been infected, you’ll need to take a few steps to remove the malware and secure your accounts:

  1. Install and run security software. Here are examples that can find and remove Gameover Zeus from your system.
  2. If your security software finds malware, remove it, and restart your computer. Then, change the passwords for your important accounts like your bank and email accounts.
  3. Finally, make sure your operating system and internet browsers are up-to-date, and set them to update automatically.

If your computer was infected with Gameover Zeus, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) may contact you to remove the malware. If your ISP calls you, they won’t ask for personal or financial information, and they won’t charge you any money.

Don’t confuse a call from your ISP with a tech support scam. If the caller pressures you to send money or to give up control of your computer, it may be a scam. If you’re not 100 percent sure that the person on the phone is from your ISP, hang up and call your ISP directly.

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Is the names of the apps/games available this company developed? For example, FarmVille, uno, we as consumers need that type of specific information. My kids download apps all the time and I try to monitor and set parental controls however sometimes the ratings wrong for the kind of content that is actually in the game. Separate issue but it would be helpful to have more specific information.

this has been happening 2 me 4 over 2 years by soldiers using pictures of famous on Skypes these people only post their picture and say they they are in a war zone with the same story, they need $ 4 their child that got in an accident and when i refuse they swear and curse at me most recently a lawyer from the united nations in AFRICA WANTS $$ as does his freind with the same story about his sick child in ALABAMA WHO PRETENDS 2 BE IN THE UK WORKING ON A SHIP HE HAS MANY SKYPE NAMES, HEPLEADS WITH ME 2 ACCEPT THE CALLS... at first i did because i thought it was my son whom i have not seen since he was 18 years old in the 2005...what can i do??these are all the same people...also iplaced myself onthe DO NOT CALL LIST MONTHS AGO ONLY 2 GET MORE CALLS OUT OF AREA..ANNOYMOUS..AND SO FORTH TRING 2 SELL ME PILLS PRETENDING 2 BE MICRISOFT ECT PLEASE GET IN CONTACT WITH ME Gwen

first it takes two for a conversation. if you acknowledge the wrong person, just hang up. Do not engange in conversations with strangers asking for money. Stop the conversation, click off, hang up, whatever you need to do. report as phising, delete. If you do not address them, they will move on to someone else.

I received a couple of spam letters, and deleted them, in June. Do I need to report them?

thank you..how can 3th person use my money.so the safty money not strong.my account in bank money,
how can take from my account money.with my promotion
withrewal money from my account.what"s the wrong your site.how can 3th person like this no safty in saving money.pls let me my balance money statement imeditly.thank you.

I seem to get a weird email 2 or 3 times a month. I don't delete them I put them in a folder labeled scams. If I knew where I could forward them It would probably help somebody somewhere.
any ideas??
gunny

myself and my husband has been scamed out of everything we had i am homeless and my husband is now incarcerated due to this hacker and stalker i know his were abouts and his name and i still cant get our local attoyities to do any thing he is a professional computer tech i know where he went to school at he has used my husbands name for over twenty years is there anyone out there that can help me take this person down just email me. im here to tell you i know a lot more than i should but investigating just comes to me naturally please help

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