Keyloggers steal US$35,000 from users of savings program

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The users of a retirement savings and investment plan for US federal employees were targeted by keyloggers last month, with cybercriminals making off with about US$35,000 from user accounts.

The computers of several participants of the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) were infected with keylogging software late last year, according to a statement from the plan’s administrators.

The crimeware recorded the keystrokes of legitimate TSP users, stealing personal identification numbers and other account information.

Two dozen TSP members were victimised, losing a total of about US$35,000, according to a TSP statement.

TSP officials notified the US Secret Service of the hackings.

The TSP made clear in a statement that the crimeware was installed on member computers, and the TSP network has not been breached.

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which administers the TSP, urged all users to install or update PCs with anti-virus, firewall and anti-spyware software.

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