'Clampi' computer virus infecting credit card users

By UK CreditCards.com

Clampi virus hits UK banks, customersA computer virus known as 'Clampi' is infecting bank and credit card users in the UK, it has been claimed.

Security firm Symantec believes that the code is particularly common among English-language websites, the Times reported.

Clampi transfers to a web user's computer when they click on infected sites and can be activated when they access financial websites. In this way, credit card details such as passwords can be transferred to fraudsters, enabling them to steal money from the accounts.

Online gaming sites, retailers and utility firms are all being monitored by Clampi.

The first big "wave" of the virus occurred in the US in July. Around 40,000 computers are thought to have been infected, including 1,000 in the UK.

Speaking to the newspaper, Orla Cox, security operations manager at Symantec, said: "It is spreading around the world, particularly English-language countries. "We have seen samples of it targeting UK high street banks."

Only computers with the Windows operating system are affected by Clampi.ADNFCR-2308-ID-19370531-ADNFCR

Published: 21 September 2009