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OCC Alerts about Illegal Website Disseminating Malicious Software

OCC (Office of the Comptroller of Currency) lately cautioned people of one illegitimate website HelpWithMyBank.com that posed as presenting information to consumers regarding bank loans as well as accounts. Bankinfosecurity.com published this on November 18, 2011.

It maybe mentioned that OCC, which's an America-based federal agency, does the work of chartering, supervising along with regulating all the banking institutions together with every federal branch as well as foreign bank agency inside the country.

Meanwhile, users accessing the illegitimate website get diverted onto the real "helpwithmybank.gov" site, the act giving them a false sense of conviction that they're on an authentic website. However, the fake website, when browsed has the potential to get malware loaded onto a visitor's system.

Remarking about this web scam, Vice President and Senior Advisor of Risk Management Policy, Doug Johnson on behalf of ABA (American Bankers Association) states that it isn't new to have supposed typo-domains alternatively websites, which assert that they can provide authentic consumer information, but actually dupe end-users into following malevolent web-links. According to him, there have been such domains emerging intermittently, even posing as ABA. Bankinfosecurity.com published this.

Worryingly, it isn't merely OCC's website, which reportedly was spreading malicious software during the recent days, since news about the same kind emerged from Sony too, remark security experts.

In another case involving Sony, within less than 7 days following the disconnecting of the authorized Steam websites from the Internet that had been defaced, the entertainment company too had to do likewise with the authorized forums as also website for the Resistance affiliate i.e. MyResistance.net along with the free-to-play Global Resistance gaming site all that presently can't be accessed. Sony disconnected the websites from the Net after it received reports about malware getting distributed through them.

Justifying the mentioned shutdowns, Sony stated that Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) found unusual operations on its MyResistance.net, and the rest followed as already described. Incidentally, MyResistance.net didn't gather any details of visitors' credit cards, while the company was trying for making the website return on the Internet, Sony added. 1up.com reported this during the 2nd-week of November 2011.

Related article: OSU’s Students & Staff Targeted by Phishers

» SPAMfighter News - 26-11-2011

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