3 minutes to get your cashDate: March 09, 2005
The hacker installed software in a Wellington internet cafe that allowed him to gather the user names and passwords of people banking online at the cafe.
Details of the incomes, savings and spending patterns of numerous Westpac, BNZ, ANZ, ASB, National, Kiwibank and PSIS customers were accessed, and police are warning the 1.36 million Kiwis who bank online that it is a "very risky" way of banking.
It took the hacker just three minutes to install the hidden software last month, and in the following weeks he accessed accounts with balances totalling more than $500,000.
You are equally at risk at home, as the software can infiltrate your computer via a rogue virus in an email attachment or when you visit an apparentely normal, but dodgy, website.
One bank has made a confidential settlement to one customer, an Auckland man, who lost $20,000 in one such sting last year.
The New Zealand hacker, known as "bofn", gained access to the bank accounts to highlight the lax security around internet banking. He said he had tried to tell his bank how poor its security was compared with banks in Europe, but he got nowhere "waiting in telephone queues and being fobbed off by disinterested bank staff".
He decided instead to use his computer skills to demonstrate the problem.
Consumers' Institute director David Russell warns people to be "incredibly vigilant" at tracking their internet banking transactions because, "with the majority of big banks the system is not as secure as it should be".
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