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HBOS and RBS targeted by latest computer virus seeking passwords

HBOS and Royal Bank of Scotland are among hundreds of banks around the world that have been targeted by a computer virus that tries to steal corporate passwords. Website addresses for the two Scottish banks are included in the BugBear.B virus’ software code, along with those of 1,300 other banks around the world. The discovery prompted US authorities to warn American financial institutions about what private security experts believe to be the first internet attack aimed primarily at a single economic sector. An HBOS spokesman said the bank was aware of the virus, but said the targeted sites were “brochure sites”, which provided information for retail customers but would not allow entry to its system. “Our prime concern is customer security and that does not come into the equation here,” he said. Full Story

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