New Crimeware Infection Defeats Common Bank Security Measures
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- Written on: January 9th, 2012
ZDNet.com is reporting today that a new variant of malware has been detected that infects your computer and steals your online banking credentials. This new infection can even defeat the image verification schemes that banks have put in place to prevent such intrusions from happening.
The latest strain of the ID-theft malware, called Gameover, begins as a phishing scheme with spam e-mails — purportedly from the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA), the Federal Reserve Bank, or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) — that leads to malware infection and eventual access to the victim’s bank account.
The FBI said the phishing lures typically includes a link in the e-mail that goes to a phony website. ”Once you’re there, you inadvertently download the Gameover malware, which promptly infects your computer and steals your banking information,” it warned.
The FBI said recent investigations have shown that some of the funds stolen from bank accounts go towards the purchase of precious stones and expensive watches from high-end jewelry stores.
Please make sure you are running Symantec’s Norton 360 software and you are using the Secure Updater to keep all of your third party applications up to date with the latest security patches.
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