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‘Man in the browser’ is new threat to Online Banking

November 27, 2007 (Computerworld UK) — Criminals infecting PCs with malware that is only triggered when they access their bank accounts are the latest threat to online banking, according to security software supplier F-Secure.

Perpetrators act as a ‘‘ by intercepting HTML code in the Web browser. As measures curb more traditional threats such as keystroke logging, phishing and pharming, F-Secure warned, the ‘man in the browser’ attack will increase.

Once a user’s PC is infected, the is only triggered when the user visits an online bank. The ‘man in the browser’ attack then retrieves information, such as logins and passwords, entered on a legitimate bank site. This personal data is sent directly to an FTP site to be stored, where it is sold to the highest bidder.

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