22 December 2011

Covert Trojan targets military families' bank account

Online-banking bandits are trying to use conniving emails to pilfer funds from the bank accounts of members of the U.S. military and their families.

The United Services Automobile Association, a San Antonio, Texas-based financial firm that serves current and former military and their families, issued a warningMonday advising its customers to be aware of an "aggressive email phishing scam."

The phony emails, titled "Deposit Posted," appear to come from the USAA; the logo is accurate and includes a four-digit "Security Zone" number that looks similar to the customer's real member number.

Beneath the made-up deposit, the phishing email reads: "Please refer to attached file for more details." Users who click on this attachment would be immediately hit with a dangerous Trojan designed to steal banking credentials.

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