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Trojan helps bank robbers

by Nikola Strahija on November 15th, 2004 A new Trojan horse, developed recently in the UK, is capable of helping crooks to break into the accounts of British internet banking customers.

The Banker-AJ Trojan targets users of UK online banks such as Abbey, Barclays, Egg, HSBC, Lloyds TSB, Nationwide and NatWest and records passwords and keystrokes once users of infected machines visit targeted websites. This data is then transmitted to crooks, allowing them to later empty bank accounts.

This Trojan is different from what we are used to, because it waits until the user visits a real banking website and then surreptitiously monitors the login process, it is very much like a robber looking over your shoulder as you type in your PIN number.

This is not the first time this kind of a virus emerged, the techniques used by the Banker-AJ Trojan are a repeat of tactics previously used by malware authors to gain access to Brazilian online bank accounts.

The use of malicious code and phishing scams to extract confidential account details from consumers have cost British banks more than £4.5m over the last year.

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