Windows malware scam steals money from online banking users

Windows malware scam steals money from online banking users.

[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2011/07/AoTbZ.jpg[/newsimage]Strides in the dubious art of malware crafting have left both Apple's iPad and Android-powered tablets susceptible to infection in the past year. A newly-announced strain, however, is sticking to its PC roots and targeting the populist Windows platform with a particularly nasty bug that has nudged German law enforcement into issuing a general warning to its web-surfing citizens.


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oooh! Ipad cooties.

Will the iTwit generation never learn?
Get off your fat asses, go to your loacal Bank and actually “talk” to a Teller.

That’s easier said than done these days with banks closing down local branches…

[QUOTE=olddancer;2598206]Will the iTwit generation never learn?
Get off your fat asses, go to your loacal Bank and actually “talk” to a Teller.[/QUOTE]
Businesses here … Start work at 8:30 … finish at 5:30.

Banks here … Open 10AM, Close 4PM … not open weekends … generally 2-3 tellers open. upto 5 at lunchtime. in addition, tellers are required to attempt to sell insurances/investment bullshit/new accounts to the “lucky” customers that actually get served. Pitiful.

Customer queues around lunchtime 12pm-2pm are upto 40 people long, even in the less popular branches.

Anyone with a “job” … and a 30minute lunchbreak generally give up after the first 20minutes, having progressed 5 people down the queue … Those of us that have a career still won’t make it in the 1hr we generally take for lunch.
Automated Telephone banking, or Internet banking are the only real option.

Some people with careers are dumb enough to fall for those fake websites … most career people don’t know how to keep their PC virus/malware free.

Given the pi$$-poor customer service people receive from traditional banks, they’re increasingly turning to internet banks & of course, internet banking. Everyone’s time poor, and customer service is taking a dive.

If the bank put it in by mistake, they will definitely take it out without asking. Anyone that dense…

I think you mean PC generation. “Itwits” use iPads and are safe from this kind of thing.

Why mention the iPad at all? The iPad wasn’t infected by malware. It was owners of iPads who are also windows users who were affected, and it was their windows system that was affected. Seems like the author didn’t even read his ipad link above.

And yes let’s regress to the dark ages where I have to waste my time with tellers, travel time, waiting in lines, deal with idiodic bank schedules etc… Let’s all stop using cars and telephones while we’re at it too ! Please…

BTW this malware doesn’t affect windows users, it affects windows idiots who fall for it before thinking of calling their bank to find out the truth!

Viruses and malware are a big reason I am goddam fed up with windows. My home pc has never been infected. But at work, OMG the crap I’ve had to deal with so often because of viruses is just ridiculous.

[QUOTE=ivid;2598320]BTW this malware doesn’t affect windows users, it affects windows idiots who fall for it before thinking of calling their bank to find out the truth!

Viruses and malware are a big reason I am goddam fed up with windows. My home pc has never been infected. But at work, OMG the crap I’ve had to deal with so often because of viruses is just ridiculous.[/QUOTE]
Workplace networks … it only takes 1 idiot to infect an entire network (probably the same person that has “ilovecats” or “12345” as their password :slight_smile:
Fire the idiot … but for that, you need serious AntiVirus Tracking & Network Traffic Monitoring to dig that bastard out of the woodwork …
And then that idiot probably has some other talent that your business needs.

Accountability people!

Just don’t understand why people try to put the blame on the Windows operating system when it comes to viruses and malware when it is always a lack of or poor security, but most of all it’s the person at the keyboard who is really the one at fault.

I have been running Windows since 1998 and have never been infected by malware or a virus because of my security and surfing habits.

[QUOTE=StormJumper;2598374]Just don’t understand why people try to put the blame on the Windows operating system when it comes to viruses and malware when it is always a lack of or poor security, but most of all it’s the person at the keyboard who is really the one at fault.

I have been running Windows since 1998 and have never been infected by malware or a virus because of my security and surfing habits.[/QUOTE]
:iagree: But you never know when someone else has been contaminating your PC.

My Wife is a virus magnet. She facebooks, chats, checks every email attachment - no matter what it is, searches for pictures of internet celebrities … OMFG.

And I’ve caught the evil wench playing around on my (work) laptop several times, despite the fact her laptop is sitting beside it (shutdown), and her desktop PC is on in the office. Other times when i haven’t caught her red-handed, I discover my web-browser is/has been logged into her facebook account … I’ve managed to post a few messages under her account … she get’s quite irate when I use her faebook account :stuck_out_tongue: … she doesn’t see the irony …

Twice in the last year, I’ve been forced to manually handle some persistent malware/virus by removing the HDD (which is the easiest), deleting the launchers, and running the virus scans via another PC. I’m not counting the number of times that minor malware/virus nuisances have been picked up by scans via Spybot/Antivirus programs.:Z:Z:Z

I’ve barred her from using netbanking/anything important on any PC/device other than my laptop for that reason, and demanded that I check the laptop before she logs in.:clap:

It took her almost 3 months to inform me that her printer was not working … imagine my frustration in getting her to tell me when her computer mysteriously slows down and/or gets mysterious pop-ups every time she launches a web-browser …:a:a:a:a

My browsing habits are extremely boring … usually CDFreaks (I’m never calling it Mickey), slashdot, and the ABC (oz) iview/news site - obvious virus magnets … and occasionally facebook, under my wifes account … and on rare occasions, facebook under my account :stuck_out_tongue:

I just can’t wait to find a compromised internet router relaying all banking details to russia/China … that’ll make life interesting …

[QUOTE=debro;2598377]:iagree: But you never know when someone else has been contaminating your PC.

My Wife is a virus magnet. She facebooks, chats, checks every email attachment - no matter what it is, searches for pictures of internet celebrities … OMFG.

And I’ve caught the evil wench playing around on my (work) laptop several times, despite the fact her laptop is sitting beside it (shutdown), and her desktop PC is on in the office. Other times when i haven’t caught her red-handed, I discover my web-browser is/has been logged into her facebook account … I’ve managed to post a few messages under her account … she get’s quite irate when I use her faebook account :stuck_out_tongue: … she doesn’t see the irony …

Twice in the last year, I’ve been forced to manually handle some persistent malware/virus by removing the HDD (which is the easiest), deleting the launchers, and running the virus scans via another PC. I’m not counting the number of times that minor malware/virus nuisances have been picked up by scans via Spybot/Antivirus programs.:Z:Z:Z

I’ve barred her from using netbanking/anything important on any PC/device other than my laptop for that reason, and demanded that I check the laptop before she logs in.:clap:

It took her almost 3 months to inform me that her printer was not working … imagine my frustration in getting her to tell me when her computer mysteriously slows down and/or gets mysterious pop-ups every time she launches a web-browser …:a:a:a:a

My browsing habits are extremely boring … usually CDFreaks (I’m never calling it Mickey), slashdot, and the ABC (oz) iview/news site - obvious virus magnets … and occasionally facebook, under my wifes account … and on rare occasions, facebook under my account :stuck_out_tongue:

I just can’t wait to find a compromised internet router relaying all banking details to russia/China … that’ll make life interesting …[/QUOTE]

:eek: I can just imagine your frustration with the wife not having any sense of security specially when it comes to email attachments and social networks :frowning:

To me most people don’t have or I should say just don’t use common sense when using computers which is why no one but no one touches my rigs :smiley:

I cant believe the denial I’m reading here. It is Windows. It is pathetically weak on security as we all know. The 100’s of security updates available from MS back that up.

As a user I shouldn’t have to ever worry about these things. I should never have to think about viruses or security. It’s really pathetic that it’s come to this, that as a user I have to think before I click. And I’m a highly technical windows embedded developer.

Windows is to blame because it is a bloat of spaghetti code. The fact that I need virus protection at all and a zillion security patches speaks to the weakness of the O/S. Windows is highly susceptible to viruses because of bad code and lazy programmers. For example, windows NT/XP is not a network operating system like unix etc…(Mac). Networking was an afterthought in windows and was supported by add-in drivers. Thanks to this we have a huge bloat of highly unsecure network layer code in the O/S.
If it’s not the O/S then why has Mac never had a virus? Macs can be targeted by malware but not viruses. Please don’t tell me it’s because no one’s trying to create Mac viruses. Its because security was on their mind when they coded OSX. I’m not a Mac lover (I hated apple before I got an iPad) but I appreciate that apple have one of the most competent and best organized software dev teams anywhere.

Debro, it’s time to get your wife a Mac :wink:

It is not the operating system that opens attachments in emails or clicks on download links or visits specially crafted websites, if it’s the Windows operating system then explain to me why I have never been infected in the 13 years of using Windows :confused: (No need to answer that because this discussion is based on opinions which we are all entitled too)

Have a nice day :flower:

[QUOTE=ivid;2598419]I cant believe the denial I’m reading here. It is Windows. It is pathetically weak on security as we all know. The 100’s of security updates available from MS back that up.

As a user I shouldn’t have to ever worry about these things. I should never have to think about viruses or security. It’s really pathetic that it’s come to this, that as a user I have to think before I click. And I’m a highly technical windows embedded developer.

Windows is to blame because it is a bloat of spaghetti code. The fact that I need virus protection at all and a zillion security patches speaks to the weakness of the O/S. Windows is highly susceptible to viruses because of bad code and lazy programmers. For example, windows NT/XP is not a network operating system like unix etc…(Mac). Networking was an afterthought in windows and was supported by add-in drivers. Thanks to this we have a huge bloat of highly unsecure network layer code in the O/S.
If it’s not the O/S then why has Mac never had a virus? Macs can be targeted by malware but not viruses. Please don’t tell me it’s because no one’s trying to create Mac viruses. Its because security was on their mind when they coded OSX. I’m not a Mac lover (I hated apple before I got an iPad) but I appreciate that apple have one of the most competent and best organized software dev teams anywhere.

Debro, it’s time to get your wife a Mac ;)[/QUOTE]

Blaming Windows for virus/malware problems is like blaming the person who built your house, when some crackhead decides to kick your door in, or bust a window out. Hackers is the problem. Not the software…

[QUOTE=ivid;2598419]I cant believe the denial I’m reading here. It is Windows. It is pathetically weak on security as we all know.

If it’s not the O/S then why has Mac never had a virus? Macs can be targeted by malware but not viruses. Please don’t tell me it’s because no one’s trying to create Mac viruses. Its because security was on their mind when they coded OSX.

Debro, it’s time to get your wife a Mac ;)[/QUOTE]
Windows is the mosr popular … Criminals always target big crowds.
If you are a thief, you head for a crowd of clueless tourists, not throw lone policeman, nor a a small group of desert nomads.

Same principle. More people use windows than mac/linux.
Mac has virus’s, but macs are irrelevant, because they have so little markets share. Linux has virus’s, and that’s very pertinent in tech, has circles, be, ause practically every server on earth is running linux … But general population is unaware.

And, as demonstrated by my wife, the problem exists between keyboard and chair …

[QUOTE=StormJumper;2598384]
To me most people don’t have or I should say just don’t use common sense when using computers which is why no one but no one touches my rigs :D[/QUOTE]
Yeah … I noticed the phenomenon in myself, the first in few weeks of university, working on the first semi-decent programming task … Brain switches off when starting at screen …
After I realized that, uni was much easier & I completed everything heaps faster than my classmates, which often spent 3x as long completing assignments badly.

I wrote everything by hand, then typed it into the pc, compiled, fixed a few errors & submitted, and got top-notch marks… hmmm maybe I should have done comp sci…

After that, I spent alot of time watching people struggle to think clearly, starting at their screens, tearing their hair out…aaaargh!!!

People just turn their brains off while using computers.

[QUOTE=debro;2598377]:iagree: But you never know when someone else has been contaminating your PC.

My Wife is a virus magnet. She facebooks, chats, checks every email attachment - no matter what it is, searches for pictures of internet celebrities … OMFG.

And I’ve caught the evil wench playing around on my (work) laptop several times, despite the fact her laptop is sitting beside it (shutdown), and her desktop PC is on in the office. Other times when i haven’t caught her red-handed, I discover my web-browser is/has been logged into her facebook account … I’ve managed to post a few messages under her account … she get’s quite irate when I use her faebook account :stuck_out_tongue: … she doesn’t see the irony …

Twice in the last year, I’ve been forced to manually handle some persistent malware/virus by removing the HDD (which is the easiest), deleting the launchers, and running the virus scans via another PC. I’m not counting the number of times that minor malware/virus nuisances have been picked up by scans via Spybot/Antivirus programs.:Z:Z:Z

I’ve barred her from using netbanking/anything important on any PC/device other than my laptop for that reason, and demanded that I check the laptop before she logs in.:clap:

It took her almost 3 months to inform me that her printer was not working … imagine my frustration in getting her to tell me when her computer mysteriously slows down and/or gets mysterious pop-ups every time she launches a web-browser …:a:a:a:a

My browsing habits are extremely boring … usually CDFreaks (I’m never calling it Mickey), slashdot, and the ABC (oz) iview/news site - obvious virus magnets … and occasionally facebook, under my wifes account … and on rare occasions, facebook under my account :stuck_out_tongue:

I just can’t wait to find a compromised internet router relaying all banking details to russia/China … that’ll make life interesting …[/QUOTE]

Yikes, my family here is same for whatever reason I tell them not to change system setting but apparently the don’t want to listen. Finally I gave up and set system to restore on it’s own at every restart. Saving me countless of hours and I can sleep little better knowing that my system is immune to attacks.

Oh the denial. I’m not a mac user but I understand why Mac users laugh at windows users (myself included) who bend over backwards to avoid viruses etc…

Windows IS at fault. A virus has nothing to do with users or attachments etc. They propagate via weaknesses in the O/S. A windows system can get a virus simply by just running idle on the same networks as an infected computer. Thanks to weaknesses in Windows.
As for trojans & malware etc., the reason clicking on attachments is a dangerous thing is because the most of these types exploit vulnerabilities in the SOFTWARE !! Some of which microsoft took years to finally patch. If the software isn’t the problem then why are there a million security patches for windows which fix these these vulnerabilities? A software patch can fix the vulnerability but the sofware isn’t at fault? Please. What do you thinks happens when you click on malicious links and attachements ? In most cases they exploit an area of memory left “unprotected” by the browser or o/s. Thanks to bad code.

Adobe are another one at fault. Flash is full of security holes which can be exploited for malicious intent.

This discussion may contain some opinions but I am relaying facts here. Things I have learned working in the industry and working as a windows embedded platform specialist.

When some crackhead kicks your door down and your door was made of paper, then yes the one who built your house is at fault!

In Windows the user can disable UAC, in Mac you have to give every new installation a manual permission to install.

If users didn’t disable UAC, Windows had been much less affected by viruses.