Elaborate 'Pharming' Attack Targeted 50 Banks

    Date22 Feb 2007
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    6711
    Posted ByBill Keys
    An attack this week that targeted online customers of at least 50 financial institutions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia-Pacific has been shut down, a security expert said Thursday.

    The attack was notable for the extra effort put into it by the hackers, who constructed a separate look-alike Web site for each financial institution they targeted, said Henry Gonzalez, senior security researcher for Websense Inc.

    To be infected, a user had to be lured to a Web site that hosted malicious code exploiting a critical vulnerability revealed last year in Microsoft's software, Websense said.

    The vulnerability, for which Microsoft had issued a patch, is particularly dangerous since it requires a user merely to visit a Web site rigged with the malicious code.

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