AVG Uncovers Data-Stealing 'Mumba' Botnet

Security software vendor AVG has reported that cyber criminals have succeeded in stealing 60 GB of data by using a botnet that has affected around 55,000 computers worldwide.

The company released a report, stating that the botnet, codenamed 'Mumba', had affected systems in the UK, US, Germany and Spain.

AVG also said that some of the data stolen by the cyber criminals included banking credentials, credit card numbers and the log-in details to social networking accounts.

Writing on the company clog, AVG said: “The Mumba botnet — so called because of some funky attributes our researchers found on the server — was created by one of the most sophisticated group of cybercriminals on the internet known as the Avalanche Group.”

The AVG report found that the botnet was being used by the group for spreading malware, hosting phishing websites and to store data collected from compromised systems.

The company said that the 55,000 systems corrupted by the botnet were being used to spread 4 different kinds of Zeus data-stealing trojans around the world.