Security Encyclopedia

Zeus Trojan (Zbot)

The Zeus Trojan (Zbot) is a specific Trojan virus that targets Windows computers to extract sensitive financial information.

When deployed and activated the Zbot inspects the host for email usernames and passwords of account holders and financial information that correlates to the credentials. Once it locates and collects what it is seeking, the Zbot sends it to a hacker’s remote location where the information is used for account takeover (ATO) and other forms of financial fraud and similar abuses.


“Windows admins need to be wary of the Zeus Trojan, or Zbot. It’s a rather nasty virus that targets Windows computers, to extract financial and user information for nefarious purposes.”