By John E. Dunn
27 February 2008
Criminals have assembled a huge database of hacked FTP server logins
belonging to some of the worlds leading companies, a security company
Finjan said it had stumbled upon a database containing account
usernames, passwords and server addresses for a staggering 8,700 FTP
servers, many of which were being used by US Fortune 100-level
The hacked servers could be used to distribute crimeware by injecting
iframe tags into any webpage stored on the compromised FTP servers.
Indeed the server accounts were themselves being traded by a web
application able to rank and price them according to their Google page
rank for re-sale to other criminals.
The company found the database while examining what appears to be a
sophisticated Russian crimeware hub built using a newer version of the
Neosploit crimeware toolkit, sophisticated enough to offers its criminal
users a SaaS (software as a service) interface for carrying out attacks.
The company didnt name the domains involved for obvious reasons, but the
range of sectors and countries reads like a whos who of big business.
FTP details for telecoms, media, online retail, and government agencies
were all present, across every leading economy and beyond.
Using the Alexa.com domain ranking, Finjan found 10 of the top 100
domains in the database, 100 of the top 500 domains, and 50 of those
between 500 and 1,000.
Breaking these down by location, 2,621 were in the US, 1,247 in Russia,
392 in Australia, 354 in Asia/Pacific. The rest were covered Eastern
Europe, with only a handful in western European countries such as
Germany and the UK, which accounted for 80 and 78, respectively.
"With this new trading application, cyber-criminals have an instant
'solution' to their problem of gaining access to FTP credentials and
thus infecting both the legitimate websites and unsuspecting visitors,
said Finjans Yuval-Ben Itzhak.
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