Internet thieves are finding more imaginative and sophisticated ways to trick consumers into giving up banking and other personal information, using everything from fake airline reservation notices to phony FBI emails. One that is currently making the rounds targets fiancées of service members to "register" with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in order to receive benefits in the event of the service member’s death.
That's Better Business Bureau investigator Bill Smith. He says earlier this year, the FBI reported that cyber crooks were using spam emails – purportedly from such organizations as the Federal Reserve Bank or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation – to infect computers with malware and gain access to bank accounts. The malware, called "Gameover," was designed to steal usernames and passwords and overcome user authentication methods used by financial institutions.