Zeus is a botnet package that allows for the easy creation and command and control of a botnet. We've discussed Zeus previously in Zeus, King of the Underground Crimeware Toolkits. The main purpose of Zeus is to steal online credentials such as online banking passwords, but it can be configured to steal passwords from any online site.
Today, the BBC is reporting that police in the UK have arrested two suspects in relation to Zeus. While the details are preliminary, the two likely appear to be users of the Zeus botnet package rather than the actual creators, and thus the prevalence and usage of Zeus is likely to continue.
We've created a research paper providing more in-depth information on Zeus, including how the bot is created, what functionality it has, and additional screenshots on the Zeus command and control server. You can find the paper here:
Zeus: King of Bots