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Florida banks face smart security threat

Three Florida banks have had their websites compromised by hackers who targeted servers run by their internet service provider.

 

The hackers redirected traffic from the legitimate websites to a bogus server, designed to resemble the banking sites, according to Florida ’s Department of Law Enforcement Computer Crime Centre. Users were then asked to enter credit card numbers, Pins and other types of sensitive information.

 

This attack was similar to phishing attacks commonly used against online commerce sites, but this time, hackers had actually made changes to legitimate websites, making the scam much harder for regular users to detect.

 

Investigators called it a troubling development, suggesting that the hackers had created a way to take away the safety of typing the address of your bank into your browser, so even if you went to your online bank's website, your data might be compromised.

 

Though the scam was operational for only "a matter of hours" and probably affected fewer than 20 banking customers, the technique appeared to be very effective at extracting sensitive information.

 

Previously scammers have traditionally targeted large financial institutions with phishing attacks, but the trend may now see smaller, perhaps less security aware banks becoming the victims.

 

Another week, another ingenious method perpetrated by hackers, who always seem to be a couple of steps ahead of the game.


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