11 December 2008
According to a study to be released on Thursday, nearly 60 percent of
PCs examined in 300 wire-transfer businesses in Los Angeles and Las
Vegas were infected with viruses capable of stealing financial
Panda Security, a Spanish software vendor, conducted the study and found
various malicious viruses on the computers including keyloggers that
record keystrokes, allowing hackers backdoor access to compromised
Some of the examined machines held private data including Social
Security numbers, and credit card numbers.
The study was unable to determine if any of the information had been
successfully stolen. According to researchers, the study served to show
that there are still significant weaknesses in the wire-transfer shops.
"It's a disaster waiting to happen," said Carlos Zevallos, who led the
Many of the PCs held troves of information due to the fact that many
wire-transfer shops often sell other goods and services.
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