New Virus Raids Bank Account
Beware! There is a new trojan horse virus that not only raids your bank account, it reportedly covers it’s tracks as well.
The best way to protect yourself from an online financial scam is to diligently check your bank accounts. At least, until now.
Israeli-based Security firm Trusteer has found an elaborate new computer virus that not only helps fraudsters steal money from bank accounts — it also covers its tracks.
Think of a crime plot involving a spy who plans to break into a high-security building and begins by swapping out security camera video so guards don’t notice anything is amiss. Known as a surveillance camera hack, the technique has been used in dozens of movies.
A new version of the widely prevalent SpyEye Trojan horse works much the same way, only it swaps out banking Web pages rather than video, preventing account holders from noticing that their money is gone.
Here’s how it works:
The Trojan horse employs a powerful two-step process to commit the electronic crime. First, the virus lies in wait until a customer with an infected computer visits an online banking site, steals their login credentials and tricks the victim into divulging additional personal information such as debit card information. Then, after the stolen card number is used for a fraudulent purchase, the virus intercepts any further visits to the victim’s banking site and scrubs transaction records clean of any fraud. That prevents — or at least delays — consumers from discovering fraud and reporting it to the bank, buying the fraudster critical extra time to complete the crime.
Head to the source for additional details, including why this is a very scary tactic being employed.
- New Banking Malware Spends Your Money, Hides the Evidence [VIDEO] (mashable.com)
- SpyEye malware borrows Zeus trick to mask fraud (infoworld.com)
Posted on January 6, 2012, in attacks, Cybersecurity, Hacking, Internet, malware, Security breach, vulnerability and tagged Bank, Bank account, Debit card, Fraud, Online banking, Trojan Horses, Trusteer, Web page. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on New Virus Raids Bank Account.