Mon, Feb 27 2006 14:15
Cyberthieves silently copy keystrokes
Most people who use e-mail now know enough to be on guard against
"phishing" messages that pretend to be from a legitimate business but
are actually attempts to steal passwords and other personal data.
But there is evidence that among global cybercriminals, phishing may already be passe.
In some countries, like Brazil, it has been eclipsed by an even more virulent form of electronic con--the use of keylogging programs
that silently copy the keystrokes of computer users and send that
information to the crooks. These programs are often hidden inside other
software and then infect the machine, putting them in the category of
malicious programs known as Trojan horses, or just Trojans.
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