The three alleged leaders of the Gozi cybercrime gang were indicted in federal court. The Gozi trojan was highly successful, but it may be too hard to operate with the alleged masterminds in jail.
"In order to provide you with extra security, we occasionally need to ask for additional information when you access your account online."
Beginning in 2007, those innocuous-sounding words began appearing seamlessly and immediately on the personal computer screens of thousands of online banking victims in the United States and worldwide right after they logged into their accounts.
Many were duped into entering their mother's maiden name, Social Security numbers, and other personal data into the neat little labeled boxes.
Little did they know that the moment the personal data was entered, a Trojan horse program inhabiting their personal computer immediately sent it to a computer server in California – and from there to a central command-and-control server in the Netherlands. After that, access to the stolen account data was sold to other criminals, who used it to enter the accounts and transfer out cash.
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