Anonymous Hackers’ New Best Friend: Automation

By | May 1, 2012

Source: Information Week

by Mathew J. Schwartz

In this article “How did an Austrian teenager who’s confessed to hacking nearly 260 websites in a three-month period do it? Simple: By using state-of-the-art, highly automated tools designed for testing vulnerabilities, or, in the hands of an attacker, taking advantage of them.

“What makes the Austrian incident interesting is the speed and effectiveness of the hacks,” said Rob Rachwald, director of security strategy at Imperva, in a blog post. “How was it achieved? Automation.”

When it comes to online exploits, automation can be an attacker’s best friend. Indeed, crimeware toolkits such as SpyEye and Zeus have enabled people with minimal computer experience to profit handsomely from cybercrime. That’s because the tools automate the otherwise laborious process of creating hard-to-spot malware designed to find and steal sensitive personal information such as bank account numbers and passwords and to press infected PCs into the service of a botnet.”

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