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1 Million Computers Hacked for making big Money from Adsense

1 Million Computers Hacked for making big Money from Adsense

May 17, 2016Swati Khandelwal
A group of cyber criminals has infected as much as 1 Million computers around the world over the past two years with a piece of malware that hijacks search results pages using a local proxy. Security researchers from Romania-based security firm Bitdefender revealed the presence of this massive click-fraud botnet, which the researchers named Million-Machine Campaign. For those unaware, Botnets are networks of computers infected with malware designed to take control of the infected system without the owner's knowledge, potentially being used for launching distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against websites. The malware in question is known as Redirector.Paco that alone has infected over 900,000 machines around the world since its release in 2014. The Redirector.Paco Trojan infects users when they download and install tainted versions of popular software programs, such as WinRAR, YouTube Downloader, KMSPico, Connectify, or Stardock Start8. Once infected, Paco m
Hacker jailed for ATM skimming invented ATM security scheme

Hacker jailed for ATM skimming invented ATM security scheme

May 19, 2013Mohit Kumar
A Romanian man serving a five-year jail sentence in Romania for his involvement in an ATM skimming scheme, has developed a device designed to protect ATMs from such attacks. 33-year-old Valentin Boanta who is being detained in a prison from Vaslui, Romania, after he was convicted on charges of bank card fraud in 2009, developed what he calls the SRS (Secure Revolving System) which changes the way ATM machines read bank cards to prevent the operation of skimming devices that criminals hide inside ATMs. " When I got caught I became happy. This liberation opened the way to working for the good side ," Boanta said. " Crime was like a drug for me. After I was caught, I was happy I escaped from this adrenaline addiction ," Boanta said. Boanta began working on SRS during his trial. SRS, Boanta says, can be installed into any ATM. ATM skimmers work by installing a second, concealed card reader over the one that's built into the ATM. When an unsuspecting bank customer
Bitcoin's Wallet Service Instawallet Hacked, suspended indefinitely

Bitcoin's Wallet Service Instawallet Hacked, suspended indefinitely

April 04, 2013Mohit Kumar
The digital currency Bitcoin has suffered yet another hack. Bitcoin wallet site Instawallet has been taken offline after a security compromise, has suspended its service indefinitely. Instawallet didn't say in a notice on its website how many bitcoins were stolen after hackers fraudulently accessed company database. " The Instawallet service is suspended indefinitely until we are able to develop an alternative architecture. Our database was fraudulently accessed, due to the very nature of Instawallet it is impossible to reopen the service as-is. " Bitcoin is a virtual currency that uses a peer-to-peer system to confirm transactions through public key cryptography. The company also announced it will accept claims for individual Instawallets for the first 90 days, using the wallets' URL and key to file the claim. Clients will then be refunded the currency value if the balance is less than 50 BTC. The breach follows a series of attacks targeting bitcoin services. In Sep
FBI wanted Algerian Hacker Arrested in Thailand

FBI wanted Algerian Hacker Arrested in Thailand

January 07, 2013Mohit Kumar
Thai police arrested an Algerian Hacker, wanted by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation for allegedly making millions from cybercrime.  Hamza Bendelladj , 24, was arrested late Sunday while attempting to transit through Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport from Malaysia. Police confiscated from Bendelladj two laptops, one tablet computer, a satellite phone and a number of external hard drives, where satellite phone and notebook computer were his main tools, the commissioner said. Bendelladj graduated in computer sciences from Algeria in 2008, has allegedly hacked private accounts in 217 banks and financial companies worldwide. " With just one transaction he could earn 10 to 20 million dollars ," Lt Gen Phanu said. " He's been travelling the world flying first class and living a life of luxury. " Bendelladj will be extradited to the U.S. state of Georgia, where a district court has issued an arrest warrant. " I'm not in the top 10, maybe just
45000 Wordpress blogs hacked on 2nd day of Spam campaign

45000 Wordpress blogs hacked on 2nd day of Spam campaign

October 17, 2012Mohit Kumar
Yesterday I have reported about a huge mysterious hack in wordpress servers, that cause compromise of 15000 wordpress account and hacker managed to post same spam article of " Money making sites " with title - " Im getting paid! " on each blog. We explained how hacker was earning in thousands of dollars by just sharing his Referral link on all these hacked sites. The campaign include some malicious domains where hacker is redirecting all readers and service from a well known email marketing company - Getresponse . Using the same dork -- site:wordpress.com "Im getting paid!" , today we tried to find out number of hacked accounts and once again another shocking number - its 59300 blogs in compromised list on 2nd day of hacking campaign. So many blogs have been compromised without any known method and wordpress team still not in action. As mentioned in last article, yesterday I tried to contact with Getresponse response team whose Email ser
Rock band 'Garbage' twitter account Hacked to spam monetized link

Rock band 'Garbage' twitter account Hacked to spam monetized link

October 17, 2012Mohit Kumar
Official Twitter account of Rock band ' Garbage ' has been compromised and hacker is posting Spam tweets and links using adf.ly, which is a url shortener service that pays on clicks. Hacked twitter account hack around 55,563 Followers. Hacker can post malicious links also, but in this case we can see that purpose is not to infect other, instead hacker want to make some money by spreading links. Even he has mention this in a tweet, " All you people saying I'm dumb. I've made over 19 dollars by spamming ad.fly links. I hack twitters and spam them great money ," How hacker got access to twitter account is not yet clear, may be phishing, social engineering or can be a  password guess, but once readers should learn the importance of strong password. Yesterday we have posted another Exclusive report that, how 15000 wordpress blogs hacked and hacker is making money from referral system by posting spam articles on each blog. Subscribe  to our  Daily Newsle
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