The source code for one of the worst botnets has been leaked to the internet according to eWeek. Zues or ZBot as it is also called is a trojan virus that steals banking credentials.
Formerly the botnet was for sale on the underground for about $5,000. But according to the article, the source code is now available freely:
The complete source code for the Zeus malware kit is being freely distributed as a ZIP file on several underground forums, Peter Kruse, a security researcher with Danish security firm CSIS, wrote on the company blog on May 9. Kruse downloaded the ZIP file, compiled the code and confirmed it worked “like a charm.”
Not only can the source code be compiled and ran by just about anybody, specific parts of the virus could be copied out and used in a completely different malware program.
For more information, see eWeek.