Feds warn banks about Internet attack

Wednesday, 11 June 2003, 2:26 PM EST

The FBI is investigating what private security experts believe to be the first Internet attack aimed primarily at a single economic sector.

Virus experts studying the blueprints for the latest threat to Internet users were astonished to find inside the software code a list of roughly 1,200 Web addresses for many of the world's largest financial institutions, including J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., American Express Co., Wachovia Corp., Bank of America Corp. and Citibank N.A.

The destructive infection, known as "BugBear.B," has spread to tens of thousands of consumer computers across the Internet since last week, but investigators and industry experts said they were unaware if any financial institutions had been significantly affected.

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