Government agencies could be prone to new kind of sophisticated cyberattack

Federal computer networks are vulnerable to the same type of sophisticated cyberattack that recently cost a global bank more than $1 million in a month, according to a security company official.Hackers used a “man-in-the-browser” attack to steal a total of $1,077,000 from about 3,000 customers of a large financial institution between July and August, a report released by M86 Security on Tuesday indicated. In such attacks, the perpetrator installs on the victim’s computer Trojan horse software capable of modifying Web transactions in real time. The report did not name the bank because an investigation is currently under way, but said the victims were located primarily in the United Kingdom. see:Targeted Attack Nets 3,000 Online Banking Customers
Some 3,000 consumer and commercial online banking customers of one of the world’s largest financial institutions have been hit by a targeted attack that combined drive-by exploits, the Zeus Trojan, a botnet, and hijacking of banking sessions to steal more than $1 million from the victims since early July. Law enforcement is now investigating the attack, which remains under way, according to the researchers who discovered it.M86 Security researchers who stumbled on the attacks say they cannot disclose the name of the U.K.-based bank due to the law enforcement investigation, but the bank is also a household name in the U.S. The victims of the attack are all based in the U.K. trojan virus targets online bank accounts
Online banking customers are being targeted by international cyber criminals who are using a new version of the trojan virus.The latest version of the well-known virus has stolen ₤675,000 ($1.2 million) from about 3000 online customers of an unnamed British bank, according to an internet security company.

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