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Phishing Kits Widely Compromised To Steal From Phishers




Phishing Kits Widely Compromised To Steal From Phishers
Phishing Kits Widely Compromised To Steal From Phishers



http://www.informationweek.com/news/security/attacks/showArticle.jhtml?articleID 9900688 

By Thomas Claburn
InformationWeek
July 31, 2008 

Would-be phishers can buy, or obtain for free, phishing kits, which 
include the files necessary to duplicate a targeted Web site and scripts 
to steal information submitted by phishing victims. They're widely 
available online, but they're also untrustworthy.

In January, Netcraft security researcher Paul Mutton identified a 
phishing tool kit distributed by a group of Moroccan cybercriminals that 
had been compromised with a backdoor. Unbeknownst to its users, the 
phishing kit sent copies of stolen information to its creators.

Now it turns out that more than 40% of the live phishing kits found 
online (61 out of 150) have backdoors designed to steal from the 
information thieves using them.

In a paper presented on Monday at the Usenix Conference in San Jose, 
Calif. -- There is No Free Phish: An Analysis of 'Free' and Live 
Phishing Kits -- security researchers Marco Cova, Christopher Kruegel, 
and Giovanni Vigna from the University of California, Santa Barbara, 
have found that the big phishers -- the authors of phishing kits -- feed 
on the little phishers who deploy phishing kits.

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