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Phishing attack nets €130,000 in hours

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Phishing attack nets €130,000 in hours
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19:35 CEST+02:00
Two men have been arrested by police from the Vienna Office of Criminal Investigation for stealing €130,000 through a sophisticated Internet attack, according to a report in the daily newspaper Kronen Zeitung.

The suspects are believed to have reached their victims using fake 'phishing' emails, which trick unwary customers into revealing details - including passwords - of their bank accounts to the tricksters.

After the pair attempted to subsequently transfer their proceeds of crime to accounts in France and Madeira, anti-fraud protection systems at the bank concerned were triggered, and halted the transactions.

The police were promptly informed, and the two suspects - 38 and 40 years old - were arrested on July 1st.  

 
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