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A researcher has uncovered malware that targets commercial bank customers by logging into their online accounts and wiring large sums to accounts under the control of criminals. The Prg Bank Trojan is known to have cost victims at least $200,000, but the actual damage is suspected to be much higher, said Don Jackson, a …

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  1. Stan

    Math...s

    Through work with law enforcement investigators, Jackson has seen losses of $200,000, but because he believes he is seeing only about 10 percent of the operation, he believes total losses could be as high as $1m

    ...and he's in charge of a financial investigation??

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: Math...s

    Perhaps he's seeing the most successful 10 percent based on other details too boring for print. Of course, Stan truly wants to believe in simple proportions, because trolls' hands are so big.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Boffin

    Lies, damn lies and statistics

    Just goes to show how meaningless most statistics printed or reported are. Stating "10% of the operation" means absolutely nothing. How do you define "the operation", is it value of fraud, number of fraudulent transactions, number of people caught carrying out fraudulent transactions, etc., etc.

    You'll find that many media sources (not just El Reg), quote meaningless statistics all the time, stats that *sound* as though they make sense, but when you actually stop to think about it mean less than nothing, and are just pretty window dressing to make the article seem as though there is actually some scientific analysis in there.

    In fact I'd go so far as to say that 99% of articles quoting statistics are just plain nonsense.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    re: Lies, damn lies and statistics

    87.2% of all statistics are made up on the spot. 8 out of 10 people know that!

    /coat

  5. Steve
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    Which banks are targetted?

    Key information isn't it?

  6. Jon Morby
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    maths not their strong point

    I know its only numbers, but if they're only seeing 10% of the fraud (and yes, I know they're guessing at that) then surely it would be $2m and not $1m if they've had reports of $200k so far?

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    Apparently 75%

    of people make up three quarters of the population.

  8. Roger A. Grimes
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    Why is this news?

    Bank stealing trojans like this have been around for years, and have stolen much more money than this. Not sure why this is being considered news.

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