Windows users fall victim to huge ID theft ring, 50 banks in danger; Apple Mac users unaffected

“Thousands of computer users have been caught out by a huge ID theft ring. Security firm Sunbelt Software said it stumbled across a US-based server storing megabytes of data stolen from compromised computers while researching spyware infections. The server held passwords for online accounts from 50 banks, Ebay and Paypal logins, hundreds of credit card numbers and reams of personal data. The FBI has reportedly now started investigating the ring of ID thieves,” Mark Ward reports for BBC News.

“The bug that has stolen all the data is thought to be a variant of a family of trojans known as Dumaru or Nibu that exploit a vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser. The trojan, a malicious piece of code, automatically downloaded itself on computers when people visited sites harbouring the program. What made this bug so effective was its ability to grab text stored on the clipboard and by Internet Explorer, said Eric Sites, vice president of research and development at Sunbelt Software,” Ward reports.

“Sunbelt believes the trojan has been circulating for about three weeks and in that time has probably infected thousands of victims. The vulnerability it exploits means that all a user has to do to fall victim is to visit the wrong site. ‘Type in a web link and your machine is infected,’ said Mr Sites. ‘You do not have to click on anything, the website forces the installation.’ Many victims may have no idea that they have been infected,” Ward reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: According to Symantec, the Dumaru worm affects Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP while the Nibu trojan affects Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP.

Macintosh users are unaffected.

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53 Comments

  1. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”cool smirk” style=”border:0;” /> OK, snowy2005 I am a senior and enjoying my trouble free MAC .. somewhere in Europe .. How do i close my e-mail ?

  2. —Posted while eating a big mac with a side of fries.

    P.S. did you catch the info from Intel that their new chips for notebooks will be available in the first half of 2006…That means the first Mactels probably won´t be available until June or later of 2006. No comment from Apple.
    Is the date slipping already????

  3. Right now, Billy G is laughing all the way to the bank. Not because he know’s how eager you’re all gonna be with the new OS he has coming out and that’ll fix all the problems(or not), but he’s laughing at all the suckers who still want to keep spending their cash with his crappy products. Yes PC user’s, he’s laughing at you.

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