EnigmaSoft Threat Scorecard
EnigmaSoft Threat Scorecards are assessment reports for different malware threats which have been collected and analyzed by our research team. EnigmaSoft Threat Scorecards evaluate and rank threats using several metrics including real-world and potential risk factors, trends, frequency, prevalence, and persistence. EnigmaSoft Threat Scorecards are updated regularly based on our research data and metrics and are useful for a wide range of computer users, from end users seeking solutions to remove malware from their systems to security experts analyzing threats.
EnigmaSoft Threat Scorecards display a variety of useful information, including:
Ranking: The ranking of a particular threat in EnigmaSoft’s Threat Database.
Severity Level: The determined severity level of an object, represented numerically, based on our risk modeling process and research, as explained in our Threat Assessment Criteria.
Infected Computers: The number of confirmed and suspected cases of a particular threat detected on infected computers as reported by SpyHunter.
See also Threat Assessment Criteria.
|Threat Level:||50 % (Medium)|
|First Seen:||July 30, 2012|
|Last Seen:||September 5, 2023|
Mal/Zapchas-A is an extremely dangerous Trojan that opens up a backdoor onto the infected computer system. Though to have originated in the Russian Federation, Mal/Zapchas-A has been associated with a number of different botnets. Mal/Zapchas-A connects to an IRC server used to control the infected computer system from afar. This remote access to the infected computer system can be used to steal personal information, to install malware or to turn the infected computer into a drone within a vast bot network. It is fair to say that a Mal/Zapchas-A is a severe security problem that should be dealt with immediately. Mal/Zapchas-A is also designed to create an entry in the Windows Registry so that Mal/Zapchas-A will start up automatically whenever Windows is launched. ESG PC security researchers strongly advise removing Mal/Zapchas-A with a reliable anti-malware program.
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The Mal/Zapchas-A Trojan and Botnets
Botnets are vast networks made up of thousands of infected computer systems, also known as bots or drones. Criminals use Trojans such as Mal/Zapchas-A to install a remote access tool onto the infected computer. Then, a criminal can use this remote access tool to control the computer from afar. By causing all the infected computers to connect to a specific IRC channel (Internet Relay Chat), a criminal can control all of the infected computer systems simultaneously to perform coordinated actions. Hackers can sell the services of their botnet to be used by other criminals for sending out huge amounts of spam emails or to attack specific servers by overloading them with connection requests. Infecting a computer system with Mal/Zapchas-A is an essential first step in integrating a computer into a botnet.
The Mal/Zapchas-A Trojan and the iPhone 5 Scam
Criminals can use a variety of tactics to cause an unsuspecting computer user to download and install Mal/Zapchas-A. In October of 2011, Mal/Zapchas-A made the headlines because of Mal/Zapchas-A's association with an email scam. Criminals tried to take advantage of the popularity of the impending iPhone 5 release in that very same month in order to infect computers with the Windows operating system with Mal/Zapchas-A. Victims received a very authentic-looking email claiming to have information on the iPhone 5. Clicking on any of the links in this email takes victims to a malicious website containing scripts that cause Mal/Zapchas-A to be downloaded and installed.
File System Details
Detections: The number of confirmed and suspected cases of a particular threat detected on infected computers as reported by SpyHunter.
Mal/Zapchas-A may call the following URLs: