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Is Zeus an APT, or v3?

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I've given a few presentations this past year regarding security visualization where I have implied for all intents and purposes that Zeus (or Zbot) can be considered part of the advanced persistent threat (APT) picture.
As I prepared for the most recent presentation to the ISSA Puget Sound chapter meeting I contemplated the premise of Zeus-as-APT a bit further, and also found myself amused by the implication that there was now a Zeus v3.

Let me first debunk the v3 claims.
The Zeus hype over the last few weeks has been off the charts given a brilliant marketing campaign from M86 who, in their latest white paper, have gone so far as to refer to certain Zeus variants as Zeus v3.
Quite simply, I disagree.
The M86 white paper states that "Zbot/Zeus v3 version is an evolved mutation of Zbot 2. Unlike the older version, this one focused specifically on online banking."
If this is the basis for declaring the samples analyzed for this white paper as v3 I must cry foul.
As an exampl…

Suricata in toolsmith: meet the meerkat

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Rather than fan the Suricata versus Snort flames (you're both great kids and I love you equally) I'm opting for Swiss-like neutrality and simply invite you to explore Suricata at length.
See Victor Julien's post on the matter as he sums it up succinctly.
While I've always been a Snort user, I've also long been an ardent supporter of Matt Jonkman's Emerging Threats. Given his logical progression towards the Open Information Security Foundation (OISF), a "non-profit foundation organized to build a next generation IDS/IPS engine", I felt deeply obligated to cover Suricata in toolsmith.

Suricata: An Introduction is my effort to oblige.

While this article is painfully introductory, it should whet your appetite.
Suricata, as the "product" of OISF, is compelling on different fronts.

1) Intent: "OISF’s primary goal is to remain on the leading edge of open source IDS/IPS development, community needs and objectives."
As such, Suricata "is…