Hackers move on to hijacking

Wednesday, 25 June 2003, 11:04 AM EST

Like a lot of municipal governments, Los Angeles county handles everything from birth records to business permits over the Internet, using a network of computers. Earlier this year, county officials were surprised to discover some of their computers hosting porn sites, sending spam e-mail, and scanning the Internet for other computers from which to launch illicit activity.

“We got a call — an anonymous call — from an individual in the United Kingdom who had called to complain that he was receiving pornographic material as well as spam,” said Jon Fullinwider, chief information officer for Los Angeles County. “And when he checked out where it was coming from, it was coming from addresses owned by the County of Los Angeles.”

The county quickly discovered parts of its computer network had been hijacked by high-tech crooks using a new kind of intrusion technique called “cyberjacking.”

[ Read more ]




Spotlight

The synergy of hackers and tools at the Black Hat Arsenal

Posted on 27 August 2014.  |  Tucked away from the glamour of the vendor booths and the large presentation rooms filled with rockstar sessions, was the Arsenal - a place where developers were able to present their security tools and grow their community.


Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
  



Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.
  

DON'T
MISS

Fri, Aug 29th
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2014 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //