LONDON, England - August 11, 2010 - Thousands of British online banking customers have fallen victim to a sophisticated attack by cyber criminals who have stolen thousands of pounds from their accounts.
About 3,000 online banking customers have been victims of a computer virus attack that empties their accounts while showing them fake statements so the scam goes undetected.
Experts have described the attack using a trojan virus as the most sophisticated and dangerous malware program ever created.
The cyber criminals stole an estimated £675,000 between July 5 and August 4 and the attack is still progressing, experts warn.
The latest virus is a variant of the Zeus trojan banking virus that first emerged three years ago and is called Zeus v3.
M86 Security said, “We’ve never seen such a sophisticated and dangerous threat. Always check your balance and have a good idea of what it is.”