Bank accounts threatened by online criminals

Mozo

Tuesday 22 September 2009

Australian savings accounts have been targeted in a recent hacker attack, it has been reported.

Cyber criminals have created a Trojan virus that is able to steal online banking log-in details from infected computers, according to the Australian.

The virus, called Clampi, allows the hacker to use personal details to send money to bank accounts they control, as well as buying products with the details of people’s cheap credit cards and debit cards.

Orla Cox, security operations manager with Symantec, explained this is one of the most sophisticated examples of such malware.

"Clampi is a complex threat. People are only just beginning to understand how it operates," she said.

Ms Cox pointed out that there was a big wave of attacks from the virus in the US, but it has since spread across the world, particularly in English-speaking countries.

According to Joe Stwear, SecureWorks’ director of malware, there were 4,500 websites in 70 different countries targeted by the Trojan, cnet.com reported.

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