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Four French banks are victims of simultaneous phishing attack

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The four largest French banks have issued warnings to their customers after simultaneous Internet attacks have been identified to obtain personal and financial information from customers, a bank representative told AFP.

BNP Paribas, Société Générale, CCF and CIC were the banking entities involved that issued notices to all customers through official websites after the fraud attempt was discovered last week by a police investigation.

The attack of phishing was based on a email intended for potential bank customers who appear to be from one of the affected banks and who request confirmation of the account number and secret codes to access it, but directing them to an Internet address is false.

There is now a risk that offenders will make a second attack in order to acquire more information to join the first, said a person in charge of one of the banks. What’s new in this type of attack is that the message from email it is sent at the same time to a large number of potential customers from the four banks, said the spokesman.

«Many of you received a email looking from a bank and asking for an account number, or secret code. Under no circumstances answer this email, are frauds that aim to use your personal data «, warns the CCF bank in its home page.

AFP was unable to ascertain how many customers were affected by this fraud, a fact that banks are usually reluctant to provide.

Attacks by phishing they are currently one of the biggest threats of Internet fraud and are becoming more frequent and specialized. It is recalled that in recent months, attacks of this kind have also been carried out on Portuguese banks.

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