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Hacking becoming more business-like




Hacking becoming more business-like
Hacking becoming more business-like



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http://www.news.com.au/business/story/0,23636,22437578-31037,00.html 

By Darren Osborne
September 18, 2007
Article from: AAP

AUSTRALIANS are being warned to watch out for identity theft and 
computer viruses, as hackers become more sophisticated in their attacks.

The latest Symantec Internet Security Threat Report, for the first-half 
of 2007, suggests there has been a growth in the number of hackers 
trading malicious code and stolen information through their vast 
underground network.

=E2=80=9CThis is no longer about kids having fun and getting kudos, this is 
about organised crime. It is being run like a business,=E2=80=9D Symantec's 
Pacific vice president, David Sykes, said.

=E2=80=9CThey are not just selling their fruits of their labour, but also 
selling the tools. One in particular, MPack, is a professionally 
designed tool kit, which you can buy for around $US1000 ($A1190).=E2=80=9D

MPack is one of the most popular malicious code packages available, 
providing hackers with the ability to develop =E2=80=9Cbots=E2=80=9D that can infect 
servers, downloadable files and email attachments.

The report also found that commercially available phishing code was 
responsible for 42 percent of attacks.

People who receive phishing emails, and click on the embedded link, are 
directed to a fake website, which looks identical to the real thing, but 
collects log on and password details to be used or sold on the 
underground market.


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