I am doing my project on botnets and wanted to understand the source code of the Zeus botnet.

Where is the right place to get started with some analysis of zeus botnet source code? I need a good resource or walk through/control flow of the source code for better understanding.

I have read Build your own botnet by SANS, and wanted a similar document or resource on zeus.


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As mentioned by echelon, Zeus source code is available in GitHub.

Availability of its source code (leaked in 2011) is one of the reasons many modern botnets are evolved from Zeus.

Be careful when infecting with your botnet several VM/computers you control, you don't want the to infect real user machines with your toy botnet!

For additional security you can put a stop date to ensure it will stop in a few days or -even better- in the past, so it only works where you explicitly misconfigure the clock.

  • See my recent edit of the question. The OP is primarily looking for an analysis of the code.
    – schroeder
    Jun 19, 2015 at 23:27
  • @Angel i have the code with me ,i wanted to understand the code to getter good understanding...i m looking for some documentation of source code
    – user10012
    Jun 19, 2015 at 23:28
  • I'm afraid I misunderstood your request.
    – Ángel
    Jun 19, 2015 at 23:31

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