DON'T USE MICROSOFT WINDOWS for Internet banking, according to two security experts.
Australia's Computer Crime Investigation Unit and the Washington Post have both warned against using Windows when accessing your bank account online. They say this is because cyber criminals build malware to attack Windows systems, which will simply fail to run on non-Windows computers.
Speaking on behalf of the New South Wales Government at the public hearing into cybercrime in Sydney, detective inspector Bruce van der Graaf urged listeners to avoid Microsoft Windows. "Use a Linux boot up disk - such as Ubuntu or some of the other flavours. Puppylinux is a nice small distribution that boots up fairly quickly," he advised.
The detective also described the Iphone as "quite safe" for Internet banking, though we're not entirely sure that he's totally right about that.
The collection of Australian MPs at the hearing were very enthusiastic about the suggestions once van der Graaf had clarified what he meant by "booting a computer".
Writing at the Washington Post, Brian Krebs "Interviewed dozens of victim companies that lost anywhere from $10,000 to $500,000 dollars because of a single malware infection. They succeeded because the bad guys were able to plant malicious software that gave them complete control over the victim's Windows computer."
Krebs also advocates using a different operating system instead of Windows, and suggests using a Linux Live CD. He believes that most of the malware in circulation today is built to attack Windows and will simply not work when it tries to run on non-Windows computers.
Krebs also pointed out that banks often can't tell the difference between legitimate bank transactions and funds transfers from hijacked Windows PCs. µ
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