Researchers Warn of Rapidly Spreading Citadel Malware


Seculert researchers are reporting that the new Citadel Trojan, based on Zeus, is spreading rapidly thanks to an open source development model.

"'Seculert's Research Lab discovered the first indication of a Citadel botnet on December 17th, 2011,' the security company said Wednesday in a blog post," writes Computerworld's Lucian Constantin.

"The most interesting aspect of Citadel is its development process, which is similar to the ones behind community-supported open source projects," Constantin writes. "'Similar to legitimate software companies, the Citadel authors provide their customers with a User Manual, Release Notes and a License Agreement,' Seculert said."

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