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Hacker sneaks in the back door

The victims of the recent Absa internet fraud, which ran into hundreds of thousands of rands, were probably attacked by a Trojan horse. Just like a seemingly innocent wooden horse misled the people of Troy, malicious programmes hide in spam (unsolicited) mail and even websites. Absa confirmed that three of its clients lost thousands of rands after a computer programme intercepted their internet passwords. Karel Rode, an internet security expert, said these harmful programmes can be attached to e-mails or even form part of e-mails. When the programme is part of the e-mail, it will automatically be installed on the victims computer when the e-mail is opened. The same goes for attachments. “If you click on the attachment, it would seem as if nothing happens, but meanwhile the programme has loaded itself into your computer’s memory,” Rode said. The programme then creates a file in which it records all keys pressed on the keyboard, without the user being aware of it. Full Story

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