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Old February 8th 06, 07:54 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
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Sleeper bugs' used to steal 1m in France

Kim Willsher in Paris
Tuesday February 7, 2006
The Guardian

Russian thieves have stolen more than 1m (680,000) from personal
bank accounts in France using "sleeper bugs" to infect computers.
French authorities claim the thieves can take control of and empty a
bank account in seconds. In one hit, a bank customer lost 40,000.

Police say the virus is embedded in emails or websites and remains
dormant until the user contacts their bank online. When that happens,
the bug becomes active and records passwords and bank codes which are
then forwarded to the thieves. They then use the information to check
the victim has money in the bank before transferring funds to the
accounts of third parties, known as mules, who may have agreed to allow
money to pass through their accounts in return for a commission of
between 5% and 10%.

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Police claim this is set up through fictitious companies, including one
American firm named World Transfer, although the mules could be unaware
that their computers are being used for theft.

A dozen Russian thieves, described by police as being typically aged
between 20 and 30, and several Ukrainian masterminds of the scam have
been arrested in Moscow and St Petersburg.

The authorities were alerted in November 2004, when a bank customer
noticed a large sum missing from his account. This was followed by
other reports of theft all over France. In 11 months, the thieves had
stolen 1m.

Nicolas Woirhaye, a security expert, said the French authorities were
alerted to scams every three weeks. He said the best way to beat
pirates was to use up-to-date anti-virus software.

"All the French victims were trapped because they didn't have any
[computer] protection," he said.



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Old February 8th 06, 09:20 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
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Default Sleeper bug Trojans


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Sleeper bugs' used to steal ?1m in France

Kim Willsher in Paris
Tuesday February 7, 2006
The Guardian

Russian thieves have stolen more than ?1m (680,000) from personal
bank accounts in France using "sleeper bugs" to infect computers.
French authorities claim the thieves can take control of and empty a
bank account in seconds. In one hit, a bank customer lost ?40,000.

Police say the virus is embedded in emails or websites and remains
dormant until the user contacts their bank online. When that happens,
the bug becomes active and records passwords and bank codes which are
then forwarded to the thieves. They then use the information to check
the victim has money in the bank before transferring funds to the
accounts of third parties, known as mules, who may have agreed to allow
money to pass through their accounts in return for a commission of
between 5% and 10%.

Article continues
Police claim this is set up through fictitious companies, including one
American firm named World Transfer, although the mules could be unaware
that their computers are being used for theft.

A dozen Russian thieves, described by police as being typically aged
between 20 and 30, and several Ukrainian masterminds of the scam have
been arrested in Moscow and St Petersburg.

The authorities were alerted in November 2004, when a bank customer
noticed a large sum missing from his account. This was followed by
other reports of theft all over France. In 11 months, the thieves had
stolen ?1m.

Nicolas Woirhaye, a security expert, said the French authorities were
alerted to scams every three weeks. He said the best way to beat
pirates was to use up-to-date anti-virus software.

"All the French victims were trapped because they didn't have any
[computer] protection," he said.



On Guardian Unlimited



.................

I always use protection

Chris

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Cheap As Chips Broadband http://yeah.kick-butt.co.uk


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Old February 9th 06, 02:04 AM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
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All the French victims were trapped because they didn't have any [computer]
protection," he said.


Some people just shouldn't be allowed near a computer!

I.


 




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