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Identity criminals recently used a version of the SpyEye trojan computer virus to attack the Verizon Wireless billing website. This attack was nearly impossible for consumers to detect. Help Net Security reported:

"... the malware waits for the user to logon and access their billing page and only then injects an authentic-looking replica webpage that requests this information. Since the user has logged on and has navigated to the familiar billing page they have no reason to suspect this request for payment information is suspicious..."

The attack occurred between May 7 and May 13. The computer virus attempted to steal bank account information, including:

  • Account holder's full name and street address
  • Phone number and type
  • E-mail address
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of birth
  • Mother’s maiden Name
  • Debit/credit card number, expiration date and security card

With these personal information data items, thieves can open accounts and obtain credit in the victim's name. This version of the SypEye computer virus is similar to one used to attack banking websites.

A check of the Verizon corporate and Verizon wireless website did not see any press releases about the attack.


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Carlene Schnitzer

Geez, I never thought identity criminals would go this far with their virus guns. So how's the bank now?

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