Britain’s top crime agency has warned internet users to protect themselves against cyber attacks that have seen fraudsters steal millions of pounds from UK bank accounts.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) said a virus is being used by hackers to harvest online banking details and gain access to accounts across the country.
Dridex malware has been developed by technically skilled cyber criminals, with UK losses estimated to run to £20m.
At least one “significant arrest” has already been made, with thousands of UK computers thought to have been affected.
Mike Hulett, head of operations at the NCA’s cyber crime unit, said: “This is a particularly virulent form of malware and we have been working with our international law enforcement partners, as well as key partners from industry, to mitigate the damage it causes. Our investigation is ongoing and we expect further arrests to made.”
Computers become infected with the virus when users receive and open documents in seemingly legitimate emails, the NCA said.
Those with internet bank accounts have been encouraged to visit the CyberStreetWise and GetSafeOnline websites, where a number of anti-virus tools are available to download to help clean up infected machines as well as guidance on how users can protect themselves in the future.
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