10.07.09

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Banks Laugh All the Way to the Microsoft

Posted in Microsoft, Security, Windows at 3:26 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Windows Trojan still empties people’s bank accounts

NOW that Microsoft gets close to the banking sector (with very limited success), one ought to understand the effect of Windows on banks. From yesterday’s news:

A sophisticated Trojan horse program designed to empty bank accounts has a new trick up its sleeve: It lies to investigators about where the money is going.

First uncovered by Finjan Software last week, the URLzone Trojan is already known to be very advanced. It rewrites bank pages so that the victims don’t know that their accounts have been emptied, and it also has a sophisticated command-and-control interface that lets the bad guys pre-set what percentage of the account balance they want to clear out.

The article leaves out an important bit of information which ought to say that only Windows is affected.

Here is a timely satire from David Gerard.

Microsoft Windows has once again trounced all comers in security, with a recent survey showing 59% of all Windows machines on the Internet being infected with malware and under the control of botnets. Malware rose 15% just from August to September this year.

According to a study from last year, about 40% of all Windows machines are infected with malware, so the satire above is not far off.

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