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01 February 2013
A brutal war is raging in cyber space as sophisticated criminal gangs seek to harness the power of smart devices and next-generation networks to siphon data – and cash – from big business. Richard Irving finds out how service operators are fighting back.
At precisely 12.43pm on July 19 last year, an
anonymous computer hacker penned the final lines of code on a
devastating new programme that went on to siphon more than $46
million from bank accounts across Italy, Spain, Germany and The
The audacious heist, which targeted at least 30,000
business and retail customers from 33 banks, is the largest
fraud ever to specifically target smartphone users and is
likely to raise fresh concerns over the safety of
Forensic investigators found the telltale time stamp
as they painstakingly unpicked the malicious software, or
malware, behind the raid, subsequently dubbed
The robbers used a sophisticated new version of a programme
called Zeus, named after the Greek god of all gods, which first
came to light in July 2007 in an attack on the
US’s Department of Transportation and which is
freely available on the black...