Named “Hesperbot” by ESET, the firm that discovered the malware, despite being a new kind of malware, researchers are calling it a potent “Zeus-like Trojan” that features capabilities, including keystroke logging, screenshot and video capture, and event the ability to setup a remote proxy and create a hidden VNC server on the infected system.
“Analysis of the threat revealed that we were dealing with a banking Trojan, with similar functionality and identical goals to the infamous Zeus and SpyEye, but significant implementation differences indicated that this is a new malware family, not a variant of a previously known Trojan,” Robert Lipovsky, a malware researcher at ESET, explained in a blog post.
According to the researchers, the threat is currently targeting online banking users mainly in Turkey, the Czech Republic, Portugal and the United Kingdom.
Hesperbot is not the only emerging threat working its way into users' systems. In late July, another new professional-grade banking Trojan was uncovered that RSA researchers said could soon rival Zeus, SpyEye and Citadel in how effectively it spreads.