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http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/busi...icle6841779.ece

Cyber criminals have created a highly sophisticated Trojan virus that steals online banking log-in details from infected computers.

The Clampi virus, which is spreading rapidly across hundreds of thousands of computers in Britain and the United States, infects computers when users visit websites that host a malicious code.

Once on the computer, the virus sits unnoticed until the user logs on to bank, credit card or other financial websites. It then captures log-in and password information and sends it to a server run by the attackers. They can then tell the compromised computer to send money to accounts that they control, or they can buy goods with the stolen credit card details.

The trojan has a list of more than 4,500 finance-related websites that it monitors, including British high street banks. Security experts warned that it was one of the stealthiest and most pervasive threats to computers using the Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Orla Cox, security operations manager with Symantec, the online security company, said: “Clampi is a complex threat. People are only just beginning to understand how it operates.â€

Researchers have found that the list of sites that Clampi is monitoring includes banks, credit card companies, online casinos, e-mail, wire transfer services, retail sites, utilities, share brokerages, mortgage lenders and government sites.

Ms Cox said: “The first big wave was in the US in July, but it is spreading around the world, particularly English-language countries. We have seen samples of it targeting UK high street banks. There is potential for another wave to come.â€

It is estimated that more than 1,000 out of 40,000 or more infected computers have been in Britain. Only computers running Microsoft Windows are affected. Most of the infections seem to have occurred among small and medium-sized businesses, many of which have been reluctant to reveal how they have fallen victim.

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Hey this will be a key logger type thingy.

Thats why most banks now ask you for the first third and seventh letter or similar scenario on password requests.

This my be a pretty slick and advanced virus but they are still a long away off one that can read the details on the screen and extrapolate data to that requested.

That said bank logins to a point are secure but credit/debit card numbers will not be. It will be easy peasy for a logger to work out the number sequence of card numbers when they are being entered.

Hence we are seeing more and more securecode requests again asking for 3 letters or numbers from a password on credit/debit card purchases.

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Exactly. I wonder why people stick with MS?

Because Linux is too much hard work to get things to work. Windows has all the tools you need and is far more user friendly, although at the cost of security.

The other answer is gaming. Yes I know there's WINE but it's not easy to use, if most people struggle with the basics of Windows imagine the fun they would have with Linux.

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Haven't had an antivirus installed for years. Simple measures such as binning Internet Explorer and avoiding dodgy sites are all you really need if you have half a brain. I do an online scan every few months and have never caught anything.

Clampi spreads through ActiveX - IE only. Anyone still using IE in this day and age deserves to get pwned.

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WARNING

DO NOT RELY ON THE ALWAYS FREE ANTI SPYWARE OR ANTI VIRUS

several well known ones missed trojans on my computer, it was only Spyware Doctor that found them, you can get a free copy of SD via Google Starter Pack or via Trialpay or by using the 90 days free licence in the link on my thread about Graybird on Off Topic

DO NOT REPEAT DO NOT ASSUME FREE SOFTWARE WILL PROTECT YOU, i had the free software and it did not flag what SD flagged

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WARNING

DO NOT RELY ON THE ALWAYS FREE ANTI SPYWARE OR ANTI VIRUS

several well known ones missed trojans on my computer, it was only Spyware Doctor that found them, you can get a free copy of SD via Google Starter Pack or via Trialpay or by using the 90 days free licence in the link on my thread about Graybird on Off Topic

DO NOT REPEAT DO NOT ASSUME FREE SOFTWARE WILL PROTECT YOU, i had the free software and it did not flag what SD flagged

they ALL miss some things....

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they ALL miss some things....

probably u r right, ok use all of them - who knows, but definitely incl SD + use my links to get a legal copy free - see my Graybird thread and assoc thread for the links,

btw SD continued to find trojans even after the upgrade + several scans later, do the FULL scan with SD, update regularly, dont believe the well-meaning people who say the free ones do it all, they don't - GET SD now, update and use it tonight

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I like Malwarebytes...clears where others fail.

yep + norman malware cleaner (runs from memory / .exe file never installs) gets right to the nasties

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Haven't had an antivirus installed for years. Simple measures such as binning Internet Explorer and avoiding dodgy sites are all you really need if you have half a brain. I do an online scan every few months and have never caught anything.

Clampi spreads through ActiveX - IE only. Anyone still using IE in this day and age deserves to get pwned.

Speaking of viruses, hey Doc, is there any self-medication/minor procedure for the removal of warts? Yes . . . there.

Edited by P-Diddly

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Hey this will be a key logger type thingy.

Thats why most banks now ask you for the first third and seventh letter or similar scenario on password requests.

This my be a pretty slick and advanced virus but they are still a long away off one that can read the details on the screen and extrapolate data to that requested.

That said bank logins to a point are secure but credit/debit card numbers will not be. It will be easy peasy for a logger to work out the number sequence of card numbers when they are being entered.

Hence we are seeing more and more securecode requests again asking for 3 letters or numbers from a password on credit/debit card purchases.

using the onscreen keyboard helps asd well i believe.

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Orla Cox, security operations manager with Symantec, the online security company, said: “Clampi is a complex threat. People are only just beginning to understand how it operates.â€

At first glance I thought we had a person with the unfortunate name of Oral Cox.

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At first glance I thought we had a person with the unfortunate name of Oral Cox.

I remember a Det. Sgt. Anne Summers in a constabulary in the south west.

Also knew a guy named Roger Ing. Seriously.

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Speaking of viruses, hey Doc, is there any self-medication/minor procedure for the removal of warts? Yes . . . there.

Knowing you, I presume you're talking about genital warts. Hard to treat them without going to a GUM clinic. Over the counter zovirax/Bazuka for normal warts don't work against the strain of HPV that cause genital warts.

Ask your local sex clinic for some Warticon (podophyllotoxin) and try to avoid sleeping with so many thai ladyboys in future.

Edited by Little Professor

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Knowing you, I presume you're talking about genital warts. Hard to treat them without going to a GUM clinic. Over the counter zovirax/Bazuka for normal warts don't work against the strain of HPV that cause genital warts.

Ask your local sex clinic for some Warticon (podophyllotoxin) and try to avoid sleeping with so many thai ladyboys in future.

Thanks Doc, much appreciated. :)

Are there any herbs I can rub on it? I quite like the idea of herbal remedies.

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I remember a Det. Sgt. Anne Summers in a constabulary in the south west.

Also knew a guy named Roger Ing. Seriously.

Oh dear that reminds me of the 'unfortunately named' Mr W*nkovski that I once had to do business with many years ago.

Edited by whatamisery

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