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Re: Study: Wire-Transfer Shops Are Cesspools of Malware
Posted by: Jordan Robertson 2008-12-14 08:25:43
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For immigrants who send money to their home countries, wire-transfer shops are backbones of their neighborhoods. On some blocks in San Francisco's Mission District, every third or fourth business might offer some sort of money transfer service, and they're always bustling, even on a Sunday morning. The customers probably don't suspect one danger that apparently often lurks in the storefronts: a startling number of viruses on the computers used to transmit their financial information.

Malware or functioning malware
Posted by: howiem9 2008-12-14 08:40:52 In reply to: Jordan Robertson
A PC can have tons of malware, but if none are executed then they are just harmless clutter. Security scanners detect both the unexecuted and the executed malware, so just what did this study detect? The article gives no indication that anyone has been ripped off using a wire transfer shop. The article gives no advice to the user. The author seems to be confused about the definition of a virus - a virus does not steal information. I do agree that this can be a serious threat to those who have no other means of transferring money abroad,but this article does not prove that it is an actual on-going threat. It appears to be more intended to scare people than an objective discourse.
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