WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - There's a new Trojan virus hanging out online called Clampi, and it's spreading quickly across England and the United States.
Not only does this virus steal your identity, it can steal money right out of your bank account.
"If you think of the Trojan Horse as in mythical terms, the men hid inside the giant horse and they rolled inside," said Adam Jones who is a staff technician at Island Computers. "In this case it's a program inside of a computer and it pops out and runs its coarse."
Like any bug, the Clampi Virus is highly contagious and is spreading quickly. It hangs out on pages were users are likely to enter personal information, like banks, online casinos, email, and retail sites.
"By the time you've already gone across these websites it's already too late - you already have it on your computer," said Jones.
The Clampi Virus isn't easy to detect, until you see money missing from your bank account. It grabs your online banking and credit card log-in and password, allowing attackers to spend on your electronic dime.
So, if you're banking or shopping online, make sure it's on a secure website. Look for the "https" - the 's' meaning secure.
Be cautious on unknown sites, use a credit card - not a debit card which is linked directly to your bank account, and keep your security software up-to-date.
If you've already caught the Clampi virus, change all of your passwords and take your computer in for a professional check up.
The Clampi Virus affects Microsoft Windows systems. Compared to last year, Trojan viruses have increased from 46 to 55 percent of all new viruses.
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