SpyEye is a virus that attacks users running the web browsers Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Opera on both the iOS and Microsoft Windows operating systems. This malware uses keystroke logging and form grabbing to steal user credentials for malicious use. SpyEye allows hackers to steal money from online bank accounts and initiate transactions even while valid users are logged into their bank account and insert new fields into a website prompting for user names, passwords, or card numbers allowing hackers to steal money without account holders ever taking notice.
SpyEye came from Russia in 2009 and was sold in underground forums for $500+ in which SpyEye advertised features such as keyloggers, auto-fill credit card modules, email backups, config files (encrypted), http access, Pop3 grabbers, FTP grabbers, and a "Kill Zeus" feature of undetermined purpose.
Authors of SpyEye
After announcing his retirement in 2010, the author of Zeus gave the malware's source code to his biggest competitor, the creator of the SpyEye trojan. Aleksandr Andreevich Panin, author of SpyEye, was arrested and sentenced to nine years and six months in prison. Hamza Bendelladj co-author of SpyEye, was arrested and also sentenced to prison, upon which point both men were given a combined sentence of 24+ years after being charged with the theft of hundreds of millions of dollars from banking institutions worldwide.
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