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Computers of St. Mary’s Bank Tainted with Malware

In the third week of July 2013, New Hampshire-based St. Mary's Bank, a credit union policed by the New Hampshire Banking Department, started notifying customers after malware was detected on several computers of the organization, as per news published by softpedia.com on July 20, 2013.

The bank is notifying 115,775 residents of New Hampshire about the unfortunate security breach.

The malware infestation was first detected on the machine of one of the employee's of St. Mary on 26th May, 2013. A computer security consultancy was called in to analyze the breach. It found that 23 workstations at the Bank were hijacked by the malware.

It has been observed that the malware which is designed to take screenshots had been on the computers ever since February, 2013.

Customers impacted by the incident are being offered credit monitoring services and identity theft protection through Experian for one year. Experian is known for harnessing data and information to enable business intelligence, to individuals who may have been affected and to enhance its information security measures. However, an official investigation is still going on.

Scmagazine.com published a report on 19th July, 2013 quoting a letter from St. Mary's CEO Ronald Covey to customers saying, "We have received no complaints of unusual activity in any accounts of our members related to this malware but we request you to carefully review your account statements for any unauthorized activity and report to us immediately".

He added: "We deeply regret the inconvenience it may cause you. St. Mary's continues to enhance its information security measures to prevent such incidents in the future".

Customers are advised to call help line numbers of St. Mary's Bank from Monday to Friday for any queries.

Conclusively, St. Mary's bank is not the only bank in the world which has been targeted by cybercriminals in the current year. In March 2013, computer network of Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) had been hacked by malware most likely developed by Chinese hackers searching for insightful details. The central bank (RBA) disclosed the news of the attacks only after a probe which found that multiple machines had been hijacked by malware particularly seeking intelligence was completed.

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