Five arrested in internet banking scam

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17 December 2004, BONN - German police have arrested five men accused of phishing, the new form of fraud that has swept the internet in recent months, and said the thieves had scooped EUR 30,000 from victims' bank accounts. Prosecutors in Bonn said they were looking for a sixth person who helped send out tens of thousands of official-sounding spam mails aimed at tricking people into revealing their secret personal identity numbers. The attack was aimed at the 11.5 million customers in Germany of Deutsche P

17 December 2004

BONN - German police have arrested five men accused of phishing, the new form of fraud that has swept the internet in recent months, and said the thieves had scooped EUR 30,000 from victims' bank accounts.

Prosecutors in Bonn said they were looking for a sixth person who helped send out tens of thousands of official-sounding spam mails aimed at tricking people into revealing their secret personal identity numbers.

The attack was aimed at the 11.5 million customers in Germany of Deutsche Postbank, many of whom are registered for online banking.

Phishing attacks usually steer victims to a fake online banking site that is practically indistinguishable from the real one. The victim is fooled into typing in the secret password.

The German group also infected computers with a "trojan" program that let the fraudsters eavesdrop whenever the computer established the typical network connections needed for online banking. This enabled them to intercept secret transaction numbers.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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