Hackers Attack On Laiki Bank Failed

Laiki Bank, on November 10, 2006, said that none of the banl's customers had been fooled by a worldwide scam that asks users to log into their bank accounts through net by entering their pin and account numbers.

The scam came into light in November's second week when several individuals in Cyprus got emails claiming to be from Laiki with a connecting link that takes to the login page of a bogus site.

The message requests customers to log in to their accounts saying, "This is to remind you that on November 2, 2006, our Account Review Team recognized some suspecting activities in your account. As per the Laiki Bank User Agreement, to make sure that your account is safe and has not been hacked, access to your bank account was restricted. It will remain limited until the problem has been solved. Please click on the given link or log in with your account number".

The login page has Laiki logo and some other links are also enlisted on the left side of the page.

But every link takes the user back to login page, thus proving that site is bogus. The URL of this bogus site is http//energie-oase.com while the authentic site is at http//www.laiki.com.

The forged site has been taken down. Closing down the functioning can be crafty as these cons generally employ foreign ISPs. The bank contacted the ISP and shut down the operation.

Costas Archimandritis, press spokesman, Laiki Bank, informed the Cyprus Mail that this is not a new incidence of scam for the bank or for the banking industry, in general. He added that mails have just begun coming in Cyprus but the scam has already hit the world.

Archimandritis said that most people could at once recognize that the Website was not authentic Laiki site. But as a caution, the bank has advised all its customers to be vigilant.

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