The FB Virus That Can Drain Your Bank Account

by Adam Benjamin | June 6, 2013 10:56 am

Facebook (FB[1]) users beware: Your bank accounts could be at risk.

The Zeus virus — a trojan horse that has been around since 2007 — is picked up by clicking on fake Facebook posts, according to The New York Times’ Bits[2] blog[3]. The virus then lies dormant in the computer until the users log in to their banking accounts, at which point their financial security has been compromised.

The virus is the work of the Russian Business Network, a known Russian criminal group with a history of online crime. Once the group has acquired a person’s banking information through the trojan horse, they are able to drain the account.

To protect their accounts[4], users are encouraged to avoid unknown links and use 2-step verification for their bank accounts.

Adam Benjamin is an Assistant Editor of InvestorPlace. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

Endnotes:
  1. FB: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=FB
  2. Bits: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/03/malware-that-drains-your-bank-account-thriving-on-facebook/
  3. blog: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/03/malware-that-drains-your-bank-account-thriving-on-facebook/
  4. protect their accounts: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/04/facebook-virus_n_3385395.html

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