Russian mob may have infiltrated university computers

If you’re a college student you’ve got on more reason to stress out. It appears that the Russian mafia may have planted keystroke tracking software on computers at Arizona State University and four other universities in Florida, Arizona, Texas and California. This software records every key that is pressed on a computer and then makes the information available to a remote hacker.

The great thing about keystoke tracking software is that it takes all the guesswork out of figuring out a victim’s PINs, account numbers, and credit card numbers. No dumpster diving is necessary. The program records everything you type before it’s encrypted and sent over the internet. So when a student uses a university computer in place to order a CD from Amazon.com or log into their bank account to check their balance, their credit card, bank account number, and PIN are sent to the hacker.

The Secret Service is investigating…

Author: Dave Nielsen

I started using computers in 1978 on the Apple II and was first online (using my “high-speed” 1200 baud modem) in 1989. I’ve managed web sites for several Fortune 500 companies and for internet start-ups. Working for one of those start-ups is what brought me into the world of credit. I was part of the the executive team that ran QSpace, the first company to offer credit reports over the internet.

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