Cyber Crooks Grab £20m From UK Bank Accounts


October 14, 2015

Internet users are being warned about a strain of malware which has allowed criminals to steal £20m from UK bank accounts.

Dridex malware, also known as Bugat and Cridex, has been developed by cyber crooks in Eastern Europe to harvest online banking details, which are then used to steal cash from individuals and businesses around the world.

Computers become infected when users receive and open documents in seemingly legitimate emails.

The National Crime Agency believes there could be thousands of infected computers in the UK, the majority being Windows users.

The agency is working with the FBI to ‘sinkhole’ the malware, to stop infected computers – known as a botnet – from communicating with the cyber criminals controlling them.

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