Internet crooks attack Belgium

9th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

9 August 2004, BRUSSELS - Belgians are being warned to be on their guard for a growing internet scam to trick them into supplying sensitive information, it was reported on Monday.

9 August 2004

BRUSSELS - Belgians are being warned to be on their guard for a growing internet scam to trick them into supplying sensitive information, it was reported on Monday.

The warnings come after a fraudulent internet message was detected on Citibank's computer system on Friday, said Le Soir.

Internet pirates hacked into the system to imitate bank messages and ask Belgacom customers to supply sensitive personal information such as passwords.

Nobody had been caught out by the scam, the bank said on Monday.

"We have powerful filters to stop this kind of mail reaching customers' mailboxes," said Jan Margot, spokesman for Belgacom.

"But technology has its limits and when mail is individualised it is difficult to intercept."

So far, 100 such messages have been able to penetrate Belgacom security walls, out of the five million emails handled daily by the company.

The company issued warnings to each of the customers concerned to prevent them from falling into the trap.

Despite the spate of recent attacks — known as "phishing" — Belgacom does not consider the issue to be of primary importance.

However, during the month of May, the MessageLabs company detected 247,000 examples of 'phishing' out of 50 million emails.

This compared to a total of 250 the previous year.

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Subject: Belgian news

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