The Silent Night Zbot, a new variant of the infamous banking trojan ZeuS that wreaked havoc in mid-2009 may be impressive in its design but it’s “not any game changer,” according to a deep-dive report from Malwarebytes and HYAS.

Calling Silent Night “yet another banking Trojan based on ZeuS,” the 186-page report praised the malware’s design for being consistent and clean. “The author’s experience shows throughout the code,” researchers said. “Yet, apart from the custom obfuscator, there is not much novelty in this product.”

Researchers compared the functionality of the malware and its Command-and-Control (C2) panel with other Zbots that have been popular in recent years, including the Terdot fork, among ZeuS’s many iterations that emerged since first being discovered in July 2007.

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