'Zeus' virus disguised as CERT email

Thursday - 1/12/2012, 8:44am EST

Homeland Security's Computer Emergency Response Team is warning government agencies about a new variant of the keystroke-logging "Zeus" virus. This one comes in emails that target accounts belonging to federal, state and local government employees.

But there's an added wrinkle: The emails are disguised to make them look like they come from U.S. CERT itself. The real U.S. CERT says the emails are coming from a botnet that's controlled by computers in Russia.

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