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.
SANS Internet Storm Center published a bulletin on Friday that casts a new light on the capabilities of Social Engineering. The report describes a website whose visitors were infected with malware. And here is the problem since according to the author, Mr. Bojan Zdrnja, the site didn’t use the nearly universal technique of an iframe, which allows exploit code to be siphoned in from another website .
So what? We are facing a case of pure Social Engineering technique.. and quite an effective one.
As reported by the Internet Storm Center, “ When visited, the web page in question (a game site related to RuneScape) shows couple of broken icons and all links just point to another web page that conveniently inform the user that his version of Macromedia Flash Player needs to be updated. After this notice, the user is redirected to a web site hosting a complete replica of the Shockwave Player Download Center”.
French officials aren’t any longer allowed to use Blackberry to send and receive e-mails because of security concerns, the newspaper Le Monde reports .
The fear for potential espionage activities - specifically, snooping by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA)- convinced French authorities to forbid the use of Blackberry devices in ministries and in other governmental areas.A similar warning had been already released 18 months ago by France’s General Secretariat for National Defense.
The warning was based on a study by French head of economic intelligence, pointing out the security threats brought about Blackberries.