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Hackers Tap Bank Web Sites In Unique Phishing Attack

In an unusual form of phishing, hackers cracked the computers hosting the Web sites of three Florida banks, redirecting banking customers to a bogus homepage in order to steal account information and other personal data.

ElectroNet Intermedia Consulting, the Tallahassee, Fla., service provider that hosts the sites of Capital City Bank, Wakulla Bank and Premier Bank, told the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper that the scam was spotted within an hour after it started March 21, and the sites were shutdown for a short period.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement was investigating the case, and no arrests had been made. Neither the FDLE nor ElectroNet were immediately available for comment.

The incident marked a new tactic in phishing, a form of deception in which crooks use spam to lure people to bogus banking sites to enter passwords and other personal information, said John Quarterman, chief executive of Austin, Texas-based, InternetPerils Inc., which tracks Internet scams.

The hackers entered two servers running Microsoft Internet Information Services and planted the script needed to redirect people from the banks' legitimate sites to a bogus one, Quarterman said in his blog.

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