Banker Trojan Zbot Allies With Well-Known Exploit

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Bitdefender labs have just stumbled upon a website that presents extreme dangers to users, infecting systems with Zbot.

Once accessed, the site opens an apparently innocent HTML page (Trojan.JS.QOS). The simple “Please wait page is loading…”content hides, however, a tricky JavaScript that redirects users to another malicious JavaScript.


Infected page redirecting the user towards another compromised Internet location

This second JavaScript file (Trojan.JS.Redirector.YF) is called js.js and is stored in a folder with a randomly generated name. It appears this malicious JS file has been planted on a multitude of servers that host otherwise clean websites, probably as a result of FTP credentials theft. This script has the sole purpose of redirecting the user to the exploit page, the final stop in this redirection trip.

The second HTML page (Trojan.HTML.Downloader.Agent.NBF) the user finally reaches embeds a Java applet (Exploit.Java.CVE-2010-0840.P) – a front for a well-known exploit (CVE-2010-0840) which now is used to download and install a Zbot variant (Trojan.Zbot.HTQ) on the compromised systems.

Zbot a.k.a Zeus, ZeusBot or WSNPoem, is a banker Trojan rigged with backdoor and server capabilities, known to collect from its victims bank-related information, login data, history of the visited Web sites and other sensitive details. Some versions may even snatch screenshots of the compromised machine’s desktop.

Those not protected by a Bitdefender product can use our free Zbot Removal Tool that checks users’ computers, detects and eliminates most Zbot variants spotted in the wild. It is available for download and use free of charge in the Removal Tools section of

And please don’t click on just any old site that comes your way. Most importantly, if a website redirects you towards another web location, close it at once. Last but not least, keep your Java Runtime updated at all times.

This article is based on the technical information provided courtesy of Doina Cosovan, BitDefender Virus Analyst.

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About the author


A blend of teacher and technical journalist with a pinch of e-threat analysis, Loredana Botezatu writes mostly about malware and spam. She believes that most errors happen between the keyboard and the chair. Loredana has been writing about the IT world and e-security for well over five years and has made a personal goal out of educating computer users about the ins and outs of the cybercrime ecosystem.