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FBI warns of new Zeus-based malware in phishing scam

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As your trusted IT support specialists we would like to make you aware of the following new malware based bank account scam going around the internet please read and be aware of the following alert from Network World:

  • FBI warns of new Zeus-based malware in phishing scam
  • FBI says ‘Gameover’ can steal usernames and passwords, gaining access to your bank account.

So long as people click on unsolicited attachments in email, scammers will invent new ways to take their money, identities and more.

The FBI today issued a warning on one such new Internet blight called “Gameover,” which, once ensconced on your PC, can steal usernames and passwords and defeat common methods of user authentication employed by financial institutions.

The FBI said it has seen an increase in the use of Gameover, which is an email phishing scheme that invokes the names of prominent government financial institutions — the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA), the Federal Reserve Bank or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

The FBI says Gameover is a newer variant of the Zeus malware, which was created several years ago and specifically targeted banking information.

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As your trusted IT provider we always advise to USE EXTREME CAUTION when opening unsolicited emails, and ALWAYS check with your banking institution directly before providing your account number, user names or passwords over the internet.

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