Windows Korgo virus ‘aggressively stealing’ credit card numbers; Macintosh unaffected

“Windows users are being warned about a virus that is ‘aggressively stealing’ credit card numbers and passwords,” BBC News reports. “The Korgo virus debuted on 22 May and since then has been steadily racking up victims.”

“Although the virus is not widespread, security firms are issuing warnings because it is proving so effective at stealing confidential data,” BBC News reports. “Those infected by Korgo are being urged to change passwords and credit cards if they have been used online recently… the Korgo worm spreads around the net by itself… ‘This is quite an effective one,’ said Mikael Albrecht, product manager at F-Secure. ‘There’s a real danger that your online banking ID would get into the wrong hands,’ he said.”

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40 Comments

  1. Regarding the quotes posted by “Don’t trust security experts”, it is my experience that most “security experts” are Windows centric and make their money off of Windows security threats. Thus, the three quotes don’t surprise me at all. The quotes have, as their underlying motivation, a desire to deceive people into thinking that all platforms are equal and that security attacks can hit anyone.

    The true reality is that if people were to start migrating to OS X in droves, many “security experts” would be out of a job.

    -B

  2. Cheap Walmart PC: $400

    10 hours to install: $59

    Having all your credit card numbers and bank passwords stolen by the Korgo worm: Priceless

    We ought to make a poster.

  3. About F-Secure.
    I really don�t know what the name stands for. F possibly means Finland.
    IMNHO it is the worst name ever invented.
    Then again the company itself is great. They should change the name ASAP.

  4. LOL John, I suppose you are talking minimum wage there. If that was the case the chap would be right to go for a $400 but would probably have no access to a credit card, at most a debit one.

    The sad real scenario is with people being able to afford a real computer running a serious OS and instead stick with a overpriced game console running some sort of Windows. So it would be:

    10 hours to install: $890

  5. It is not the credit card companies who end up eating fraudulent charges, it is the merchant who accepts the credit card. When a credit card user refutes a charge, the credit card companies go back to the merchant who made the charge. If the merchant can’t prove that the customer made the charge, such as having a customer signature, the credit card company takes the funds from the merchant’s account. On top of that, credit card companies often assess fees from merchants for accepting a fraudulent charges.

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