2010 Feb 19
actual examples including screen captures of hacks
- including Domain Name hacks
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|Feb 2010 as
reported in the Globe and Mail
"Police in central China have shut down a hacker training operation [Black Hawk Safety Net] that openly recruited thousands of members online and provided them with cyberattack lessons and malicious software..."
"The crackdown comes amid growing concern that China is a centre for Internet crime and industrial espionage."
the Globe said "... it is hard to know what proportion of hacking from China is the work of individuals and whether the government is involved. But some say the high skill level of some attacks suggests China's military or other agencies might have trained or directed the hackers."
From Russia Led to ATM Looting in New York
$180,000 is stolen from ATM machines after hackers are able to obtain PIN numbers of customers after they hacked the main server of the ATM company
"Russia has a remarkably
talented pool of hackers and cyber criminals, but just why so many viruses,
phishing scams, and cyber attacks originate in the former Soviet Union
isnít clear. Perhaps it has something to do with the combination of very
high levels of IT education with extremely poor job prospects."
- lists of hacks
IT events and significant hacks
from http://www.wbglinks.net/pages/history/ (this URL not working in 2006)
some entries on this list include...
2003 Two hackers who broke into Riverside County, California court computers and electronically dismissed a variety of pending cases plead guilty to the crime. Both William Grace, 22, and Brandon Wilson, 28, were sentenced to nine years in jail after pleading guilty to 72 counts of illegally entering a computer system and editing data, along with seven counts of conspiracy to commit extortion
2002 Italian police arrest 14 suspected hackers who are accused of thousands of computer intrusions, including attacks on the U.S. Army and Navy and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. They were all members of two hacking groups, called Mentor and Reservoir Dogs.
2002 Hacker Vasily Gorshkov,
27, of Chelyabinsk, Russia, is sentenced to three years in prison for convictions
on 20 counts of conspiracy, fraud and related computer crimes. Gorshkov
is also ordered to pay restitution of nearly $700,000 for losses he caused
to Speakeasy Network of Seattle and the online credit card payment company
Election - Ontario 2006
Sometimes hacking is done for financial gain, sometimes for political purposes to advance some cause, and sometimes it is done just for good 'ol fashioned mud slinging in a local circumstance.
Toronto Star reporters Peter Edwards and Richard Brennan wrote a story October 24th saying that "York Region police Chief Arnand La Barge is recommending an outside police force investigate how leaked emails were left on the doorstep of Vaughan Mayor Michael Di Biase".
Apparently in the municipal election there is a tough contest between the incumbent mayor, Michael DiBiase and challenger Linda Jackson. It is suggested by journalists Edwards and Brennan that someone hacked the computer of Councillor Linda Jackson and printed out emails between her and a York Region police officer. It is suggested that these emails contain private personal communication between Jackson and this police officer. Someone appears to be trying to give Mayor Di Biase an advantage by providing him with lurid details about some activity being done by his competitor. Jackson went on record as saying "it's an inside job". which suggests that sometimes external controls and carefully monitored security cannot be effective if it is undermined by people that have internal access to a network.
- politically motivated
news channel Al-Jazeera was hacked and its traffic redirected
to a site showing an American flag and the words "Let Freedom Ring."
The hacker carried out the hack by forging documents to have the Web site's password changed. That provided unhindered access to the site and blocked access by its legitimate administrators, according to the story carried on Yahoo 2003 Nov 14th.
The hacker, John Racine, was caught and U.S. authourities prosecuted him. Racine plead guilty and was given community service.
Racine said he "acted after
learning in March  that Al-Jazeera's Web site had posted photos
of American prisoners of war and soldiers killed during the U.S. invasion
This was widespread and people
using the Internet at Centennial College and University of Toronto were
effected for several hours on Monday and Tuesday.
www.dvdshopper.com - hacked
www.dvdshopper.com - original
www.stamps.com - hacked
www.stamps.com - the original
www.exportingcanadaonline.com - hacked
www.exportingcanadaonline.com - original
Tracking down who is involved
|- so what we
did was look for the telephone number "562-807-0297"
(which showed up on the hacked version)
and see if it showed up any place else on the net
Using a Search Engine, like Yahoo we found the site to the left
The telephone number "562-807-0297"
shows up in comments made about court case in which one company sued
another company claiming that they had fraudently represented themselves
in order to register a domain name, and that they wanted to squat on that
domain name, then sell it at a profit.
|"This patent infringement
case [launched by Columbia Insurance Company] highlights the difficulties
in stopping another's harmful illegal conduct over the Internet.
The owner of the "See's Candy" trademark was denied an ex parte preliminary
injunction to prevent continued use of the domain names "www.seescandy.com"
and "www.seescandys.com" since the motion failed to identity
of the other party, referring only to the websites themselves and the
pseudonyms they were registered under. The plaintiff faces the conundrum
of allowing the infringement to continue while it must conduct extensive
investigation to ascertain the true identity of the domain name owner."
basically, the people who cyber-squatted on seescandy.com where able to escape litigation because they could not be identified - they hid (successfully) behind too many layers of red tape in the community of domain name registrants and ISPs
|In the hacked versions of
these sites, reference is made to an email addresses for a company at Nebulant.com
Why are they trying to drive traffic to that address?
|Where can we find
562-807-0297 , that might lead to us to the answer to who is conducting
this hack, and why?
562-807-0297 also shows
up as the contact telephone number for a web site hosting company in California
the screen capture to the left was made 2001 June 26 and clearly shows 562-807-0297 as the contact
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