Multiple Arrests Made in Million Dollar Online Scam

October 1, 2010

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ —

                 US authorities yesterday charged more than sixty people with
                 using a malicious computer program known as the Zeus Trojan
                 to steal millions of dollars. The people were believed to be
                 part of an international cybercrime ring that employed
                 "money mules" to set up bank accounts and help transfer the
    WHAT/WHY:    stolen money.

                 According to the Norton Cybercrime Report, released earlier
                 this month, 79% of respondents globally believe cyber
                 criminals will not be brought to justice. The arrests are a
                 positive step forward for internet safety but the arrests -
                 within the U.S. and U.K.-also demonstrate the lucrative
                 market of these cybercrime enterprises and the importance of
                 reporting online crime to the proper authorities.

                 The Zeus Trojan was designed for the purpose of gaining
                 access to bank accounts. It accomplishes this by installing
                 a keystroke logger to collect login and password
                 information, and scanning the machine for stored passwords.
                 As an added measure, the virus can seamlessly inject a
                 request for the user PIN number right into the Web page,
    HOW:         without the users' knowledge.

                 Norton security experts are on hand to provide background on
                 the Zeus virus and offer tips on how users can protect
    EXPERTS:     themselves against similar viruses, including:
                 --Trust your gut: If your banking institution makes an
                 unusual request, such as asking for your ATM pin number,
                 don't obey just because it appears to be coming from a
                 company you trust. It could be the work of cybercriminals,
                 watching your every move, until they are able to drain your
                 bank account. Call your bank directly to verify before
                 entering any of your personal information.
                 --Build a good password: Protect your online passwords as if
                 they were the keys to your house. This includes using
                 numbers and symbols, so your passwords aren't easily broken,
                 changing them every few months, and making sure they're not
                 stored on your computer or any other public place. Programs
                 like Zeus are designed to scavenge your machine for saved
                 passwords, and then transmit them to criminals halfway
                 around the world.
                 --Use a trusted security solution: The best way to avoid
                 having your banking information stolen is to avoid
                 contracting viruses like Zeus before they are able to
                 install any programs. Use security software, such as Norton
                 Internet Security, to make sure you're protected from
                 viruses, worms and other threats while surfing online.

    WHEN:       Interviews with Norton experts available upon request

    CONTACT:    Katie Nafius
                Edelman for Norton

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