New Trojan Horse Virus Stalks Online Banking

Infected computers provide secret log-ins to hackers

By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 21, 2009 4:43 AM CDT

(Newser) – A complex new Trojan horse virus called Clampi is stealing online banking log-in codes from infected computers and broadcasting them to hackers who can then empty the victim's bank account, reports the Times of London. The virus spreads via websites laced with the malicious code, including banks, credit card companies, brokerages, and retail sites. It  attacks only computers running Microsoft Windows.

Clampi, which has targeted mostly small businesses, was used to steal $75,000 from a Georgia auto parts supplier, and $150,000 from the public school district in Sands Spring, Okla. It appears to have infected hundreds of thousands of computers in the US and Britain.

A new Trojan horse computer virus is stealing online banking log-in information.
A new Trojan horse computer virus is stealing online banking log-in information.   (Getty Images)
What lurks beneath?
What lurks beneath?   (Photo: Business Wire)
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Clampi is a complex threat. People are only just beginning to understand how
it operates. - Orla Cox, security operations manager with Symantec

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