Security researchers have recently uncovered a server that was used by hackers to store stolen passwords and account credentials. Trustwave’s SpiderLabs was the company behind this recent discovery, which consisted of a stash of login information for nearly 2 million online accounts. These login credentials were for sites such as Facebook, Yahoo, Google, and Twitter, as well as email accounts, remote desktop and secure shell account authorizations.
At first glance, the majority of the passwords appeared to come from computers in the Netherlands, signifying a possible attack on the Netherlands. In reality, however, most of the entries were in fact a single IP address that operated as a gateway, which resided in the Netherlands. This makes it more difficult to determine the countries that were actually targeted in the attack and nearly impossible to discover the Command-and-Control server. Interestingly, the server was running a botnet controller application called Pony.
“Individual users had the malware installed on their machines and had their passwords stolen. Pony steals passwords that are stored on the infected users’ computers as well as by capturing them when they are used to long into web services.”
—Abby Ross, spokesperson for Trustwave
This report comes on the heels of 2 recent security breaches, including vBulletin’s security breach and MacRumors’ theft of more than 860,000 account passwords. When the stolen passwords were revealed, they showed that a large majority of users are still choosing passwords that are easy-to-guess, such as “Password” or “111111”. While people are now choosing longer passwords, those passwords are not necessarily more complicated. Even in this age of computer hackers, security breaches, and online data theft, the number of individuals who use “easy” passwords has actually tripled.
At Forensicon, we have the technology and the experience to assist your company or firm with all digital and electronic security breaches. With over a decade of experience tracking rogue hackers, we can help your company after a hacker has compromised your data or breached your security. More importantly we can help prevent the attack from even beginning. To learn more about how our computer forensic specialists can assist your firm, call us at 1-888-427-5667 or visit us on the web at www.forensicon.com.
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