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2/9/2017
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When Hackers Hack Hackers

Notable cases of internecine cyber squabbles.
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No Monopoly On Theft

Thieves make the best targets for theft, because who are they going to take their complaints to? One enterprising hacker, w0rm, took this principle to heart by raiding the user database of a Dark Web forum called Monopoly, which facilitated in connecting the bad guys to talk shop about running botnets, pushing phishing campaigns, and committing credit card fraud. Just as with any other database breach, w0rm offered up the goods on Monopoly for about $500, in a similar tack. The difference here being that security pros were playing the world's tiniest violins for the victims of this breach.

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No Monopoly On Theft

Thieves make the best targets for theft, because who are they going to take their complaints to? One enterprising hacker, w0rm, took this principle to heart by raiding the user database of a Dark Web forum called Monopoly, which facilitated in connecting the bad guys to talk shop about running botnets, pushing phishing campaigns, and committing credit card fraud. Just as with any other database breach, w0rm offered up the goods on Monopoly for about $500, in a similar tack. The difference here being that security pros were playing the world's tiniest violins for the victims of this breach.

Image Source: Adobe Stock

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alphaa10,
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2/11/2017 | 6:48:41 AM
More Interesting than a Standard Exploit Story
As expected, hacker warfare demonstrates only the human tendency for turf-building and defense. What should be great consolation to civilians already hit by hackers is realization even the worst criminal operators are vulnerable, at some point, to some degree. All it takes is a persistent probe, and the rest is literally to worm through the defense perimenter.

The security story of the decade is the massive array of national resources around the world now devoted to state actor exploits-- both leading them and defending against them. By no accident, the NSA just expanded facilities with an architectural antitheis to its inscrutably dark monolith of a building in DC. The new NSA complex, located in the Utah desert, and entirely reflective white, is a virtual black hole for the world's data.

This article is a fresh perspective, but its tedious slide show format should be outlawed. When we readers see the tell-tale slide navigation controls, we already have been negatively conditioned by other slide shows. The fact we read the story, anyway, means your actual reader interest might double with a normal, single "page" article. (Yes, of course, we promise to read and click each ad-- just set them aside for us in a corner.)

Appreciate the links-- that saves us rediscovery, and a lot of time. Besides, DR sometimes offers a unique, gem of a link to richer material-- which is actually likely, since there is simply too much of the stuff to read with the same depth of attention.
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mikeroch,
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2/15/2017 | 8:13:56 AM
Re: More Interesting than a Standard Exploit 192.168.1.1
Hello sir, I am absolutely agree with your saying, it is the stuff that shows human tendency, the rivalry between hackers and a piece of show off can also lead to such happenings, where hackers hack hackers.
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