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Re: [News] HSBC: Windows Flaws Are Not Our Problem (not a real quote)

Oliver Wong wrote:
> "Roy Schestowitz" <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:1576885.lv0c8tmYDK@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

>> HSBC denies internet bank accounts vulnerable

> "Keyloggers" is an OS-agnostic concept

I'd have to agree that keylogging is OS agnostic, as is tempest
attacks, however the point that is being made (stretched?) is that it
is almost exclusively *Windows* that is vulnerable to the malware that
deploys these keyloggers.

In fact I have never personally even *heard* of a keylogger being
deployed through malware to a Linux box; IME such things have only
been know to happen as a result of *direct* hacking attacks (ssh?).

So this is a problem, *not* because of the bank's policies, but simply
because of the inherent insecurity of Windows.

However, as the article implied, *other* banks employ methods not
vulnerable to keylogging (e.g. "select letter 2, 3 and 6 from your
password, from the drop-down boxes"). I know for example that Cahoot
do that. It is obviously a great enough concern for other banks to
make the effort; so the HSBC should too.

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