Hackers grab bank details with fake ad

Monday, 5 July 2004, 5:13 PM EST

Hackers have found a new method of stealing bank details from home computers. A virus uncovered last week was hidden inside so-called "pop-up" adverts that appear on screen without warning, experts have warned.

Clicking on the "close" button to get rid of the advert triggered the virus to attempt to secretly install itself on the computer.

The bug was programmed to wait until the user began logging on to their internet bank account where it tried to steal personal details, such as passwords, before the information reached the bank.

The latest virus, with the file name img1big.gif, differs from other attacks on internet bank customers which have seen a big rise recently.

By Graham Hiscott at SMH.

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