Thursday, August 7, 2008

Red on Red

Seems there's no honor among Internet theves, or more specifically phishers (from Wikipedia: "the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity"):
Security researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have confirmed that inexperienced phishers are in effect doing the legwork for more wily grifters. Many phishing kits distributed in the digital underground hand over data collected to coders. "These phishing kits target two classes of victims: the gullible users from whom they extort valuable information and the unexperienced phishers who deploy them," the researchers (Marco Cova, Christopher Kruegel, and Giovanni Vigna) conclude.
So, you have Bad Guys creating malware kits containing hidden backdoors to take advantage of n00b Bad Guys, who are trying to take advantage of normal folks. Snakes biting each other's tails.

Captain Renault
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TOTWTYTR said...

I thought I had the patent on the Captain Renault sthick.

Borepatch said...

TOTWTYTR, I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship ...