Cyber criminals have stolen 491000 dollars of an American town in Florida via infected e-mail which were send to multiple officials. The infection started when an officer opened the first infected email. Similar messages were then sent to other officials, who also opened the attachment. “They thought they received a file that they had to open,” said City Manager Jim Hanson in an statement towards the Florida Times Union.
The malware sent the login details for online banking back to the cyber criminals. With this data, the cybercriminals knew how to gain access to the online bank account and transferred 491000 dollars to an account at the Deutsche Bank.
The cyber criminals have not been arrested or identified. The banks were able to retransfer the money to the official account holders.