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ID theft ring hits 50 banks, security firm says


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Posted 09 August 2005 - 05:59 AM

A major identity theft ring has been discovered that affects up to 50 banks, according to Sunbelt Software, the security company that says it uncovered the operation.The operation, which is being investigated by the FBI, is gathering personal data from "thousands of machines" using keystroke-logging software, Sunbelt said Monday. The data collected includes credit card details, Social Security numbers, usernames, passwords, instant-messaging chat sessions and search terms. Some of that data is then saved in a file hosted on a U.S.-based server that has an offshore-registered domain, according to Sunbelt. The data theft is carried out by a Trojan horse downloaded at the same time as CoolWebSearch and a mail zombie... The Trojan is a new variant, so antivirus and anti-spyware vendors do not yet block it... Published: August 8, 2005, 12:06 PM PDT By Ingrid Marson Special to CNET News.com
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