Since 2007, illicit organizations have employed Zeus to launch damaging, highly publicized attacks targeting the login credentials and other personal data associated with millions of computers, thousands of organizations, and uncounted numbers of users and their accounts. Relatively small groups of sophisticated criminal bands based in various nations–particularly in Eastern European countries such as Russia and Ukraine–have stolen tens of millions of dollars. Computers in 196 countries have been subject to attack. The countries most affected include the U.S., U.K., Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey.

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