Jun 01, 2007
A couple of weeks ago, the city of Carson, California discovered that it was a couple of thousand dollars short in its coffers - $450kus, to be exact. As it turns out, the laptop computer used by Karen Avilla (city treasurer) was infected by a keystroke logger installed through unannounced means (probably a website she visited, or a malicious e-mail, though it's entirely possible that the intruders managed to get in some other way, like through a clandestine wireless access point). An unknown group of crackers managed to snaffle the access codes to the bank that the city kept its money in, and then wired the money to a number of other accounts around the country, no doubt used for laundering the pilfered funds. The city managed to freeze all but $45k of its funds (to keep from interfering with outstanding payments).