Russian opposition parties (from democrats to ultra-nationalists) and independent Media declared that their web servers have been recently affected by a “murky” wave of hacking attacks, Associated Press reported yesterday.
According to cyber-victims such attacks, whose DDos modality was very similar to the one that no long ago jeopardized Estonian cyber space , were backed by the Kremlin which is trying to reduce the power of free sources of information. No material proof has been offered yet in support of similar accusation.
Such cyber offensive, as reported by the Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations, was based on “vast, online networks of computers infected with malicious software — whose owners probably aren’t aware they are involved — to paralyze or erase targeted websites.”
Yet, according to Political Parties and Media, this attack could be seen as an explicit threat against the opponents to Government , that is already preparing its resources to December’s parliamentary election and to next March’s presidential election.
An advisory from Sophos Labs informed on Tuesday that a malware writer has been infecting thousands of computers by hiding a new Trojan variant in a cartoon video, which has been spread around the world via e-mail.
The malware, identified as Troi/Agent-FWO Trojan was hidden into “Yes & No” Shockwave video , a popular cartoon created by the Italian animator Bruno Bozzetto. According to Sophos, “The video only plays, though, after embedding itself on users’ computers and downloading other pieces of malicious code.”
There are hundreds of methods used by Cyber pranksters to steal data and make money online, but sometimes their nonchalance in perpetrating such illegal acts gets close to arrogance.
For example, consider the theft of credit cards numbers. There is an unimaginable number of documented cases showing how stolen credit cards are used by cyber criminals to “go shopping” online or to run businesses where such cards are sold to third parties for a ridiculous price… but that’s not all.
People often see everyday life as a real challenge: leaving the bed and going to the office could be even unbearable, so that someone could choose not to go out at all and meet friends, go shopping, make money on Second Life.
For those who are not usual Second Life– goers: Second Life is 3D virtual world. You can join it, create your new personality and your new physical aspect, walk, fly, have fun with friends… you can buy a land, and you can also make virtual money that you can then transfer to real money. Online…
Very little time has passed from the last Microsoft defacement (Microsoft Technet), when yesterday Saudi Arabia crackers successfully compromised another Microsoft website: Microsoft.co.uk at the page http://www.microsoft.co.uk/events/net/eventdetail.aspx?eventid=8399.
At the time being, the defacement is still up and running even though not every browser will be capable to show it as too many users are trying now to load the hacker’s injected CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) located on an external host (h.1asphhost.com) which now has is suffering slow response time.