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Internet hackers put bank accounts at risk

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Country’s top crime agency informs that users could have their bank accounts emptied by criminals. Asian Lite reports

Cyber-CrimeHackers are using a virus to tap into computers that are not protected by anti-virus software and steal millions of pounds from UK bank accounts.

Dridex malware has been developed by what the┬áNational crime agency say are “technically skilled cyber criminals” giving them access to accounts all over the country, with one arrest having been made from a joint investigation, reports Leicseter Mercury.

Mike Hulett, head of operations at the National Crime Agency’s National Cyber Crime Unit, told Leicester Mercury : “This is a particularly virulent form of malware and we have been working with our international law enforcement partners, as well as key partners from industry, to mitigate the damage it causes.

“Our investigation is ongoing and we expect further arrests to made.”

Computers become infected with Dridex malware when users receive and open documents in seemingly legitimate emails.

The agency predicts there could be thousands of infected computers in the UK, the majority being Windows users.

Del Heppenstall, Director in KPMG’s Midlands Cyber Security practice, informs Leicester Mercury : “Consumers really need to be extra vigilant with emails. In order to deal with this, people really shouldn’t open emails that have attachments that they don’t recognise, they should just delete them.

“If an email appears to come from a legitimate organisation, recipients should verify it with them first. More importantly, users need to make sure they have provisions in place to detect viruses and malware.

“Having an anti-virus and anti-malware solution is a must and keeping it up to date is as important. The same rule applies to the operating system, people need to make sure they have the latest software and operating system updates.”

The investigation is being conducted with the FBI.

Executive assistant director Robert Anderson from the FBI said: “Those who commit cyber crime are very often highly-skilled and can be operating from different countries and continents.

“They can and will deploy new malware and we, along with our partners, are alive to this threat and are constantly devising new approaches to tackle cyber crime.
“We urge all internet users to take action and update your operating system. Ensure you have up to date security software and think twice before clicking on links or attachments in unsolicited emails.

“Cyber criminals often reach across international borders, but this operation demonstrates our determination to shut them down no matter where they are.

“The criminal charges announced today would not have been possible without the cooperation of our partners in international law enforcement and private sector. We continue to strengthen those relationships and find innovative ways to counter cyber criminals.”