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Hackers Steal $150,000 With Malicious Job Applications
Category : General 23 Jan 2011 04:34 AM | Industry News
In order to outline the seriousness of this threat, the center presents a case investigated by the FBI, in which a company infected in this manner ended up loosing $150,000.
This particular variant was used as a distribution platform for ZeuS, a notorious and sophisticated banking trojan used to steal millions from consumers and companies alike.
An unnamed U.S. company recently lost $150,000 in this way, according to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center. "The malware was embedded in an e-mail response to a job posting the business placed on an employment website," the FBI said in a press release. The malware, a variant of the Bredolab Trojan, "allowed the attacker to obtain the online banking credentials of the person who was authorized to conduct financial transactions within the company."
Scammers can pierce hundreds of thousands of dollars in a matter of hours using this technique. They frequently aim tiny businesses that use informal banks or credit unions, that frequently do not have the resources to pick out and inhibit the fraudulent transfers.
This scam has been around at least six months, according to security vendor SonicWall, which reported the Trojan last July.
The typo-filled Trojan that SonicWall spotted looked like a Word document and read: "Hello! I have figured out that you have an available job. I am quiet intrested in it. So I send you my resume, Looking forward to your reply. Thank you."
Along with the warning, the FBI recommends running a virus scan prior to opening any e-mail attachments and that businesses use separate computer systems to conduct financial transactions.