Two Million Passwords Stolen by Hackers

Trustwave logoOn November 24, 2013, researchers at Trustwave discovered that hackers have obtained up to 2 million passwords for websites like Facebook, Google, Yahoo!, Twitter (and others). Researchers learned this after digging into source code from Pony bonnet. It appears that information about this has only been made public very recently.

Here’s some quick stats about some of the domains from which the passwords were stolen:

* Facebook – 318,121 (or 57%)
* Yahoo! – 60,000
* Google Accounts – 54,437
* Twitter – 21,708
* Google.com – 16,095
* LinkedIn – 8,490
* ADP (a payroll provider) – 7,978

In total, Pony botnet stole credentials for: 1.58 million websites, 320,000 email accounts, 41,000 FTB accounts, 3,000 remote desktops, and 3,000 secure shell accounts.

According to Trustwave, around 16,000 accounts used the password “123456”, 2,221 used “password” and 1,991 used “admin”. Now is a good time to go change your passwords into something strong and secure.

Doing so won’t make it entirely impossible for hackers to crack it, but it could make it more difficult. Trustwave noted that only 5% of the 2 million passwords that were stolen had excellent passwords (meaning the passwords had all four character types and were longer than 8 characters).

Twitter banning Bit.ly, other URL Shortners on Direct Messages (DM)

Twitter logoToday I was trying to send a direct message to a friend. Included was a bit.ly link to a page I needed him to see. For some reason, Twitter kept saying there was an error and cannot send the DM. After checking his page to make sure he was still following me and sending a couple test DMs successfully, I realized the problem was the bit.ly link.

I did a search and found that indeed – Twitter was blocking DMs with bit.ly links. They found many different links could not be sent via DMs. CBS.com was one of those who were blocked by Twitter DMs.

Of course, this is because of Twitter allowing n0n-followers to DM people. You have to opt-in to the option, but with this you can get messages from many different people.

The Twitter error Message Needs to Be Fixed

So direct messaging with a link could come back saying the person might not be following you. That could be totally confusing – especially if you know they are. I almost chalked it up as a twitter database error but decided to check and see if there was any changes.

The only advantage of allowing non-followers to DM is if your Twitter account is a corporate one or you have over 10,000 followers and don’t want to follow them all back.

The Problem with Blocking Bit.ly – the Mask-Around

Spammers are smart and/or intuitive. Instead of using bit.ly, they’ll use another system that gets around the twitter issue. Twitter might then block that, but in the meantime, you don’t see a bit.ly link – you see a My.website link. Give a spammer/hacker 2-3 days with an $8 /year website domain and they could make enough to buy another $8 domain and start the process over again.

Of course this is a very common problem with url shorteners. Tiny URL added spam block and virus protect tools shortly after they started. Bit.ly also has some preventative measures (using companies like Sophos, Verisign, Websense and more). Still, they are not responsible for 3rd party content using their links.

Bottom Line – Don’t click on unknown links

Usually bad links start with “Hey, is this you” or “I got a way you can make money” which really translates to “I got a way for ME to make money using you”. If you choose to opt-in to letting anyone DM you, keep in mind you will get spam in your message box. If you don’t feel confident you can sniff out the good from bad, then simply don’t check the box.

SpyEye hacker extradited to the U.S.

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The United States has had little luck with landing Kim Dotcom or Julian Assange, but it has managed to grab a hacker. Hamza Bendelladj, known online as Bx1 is an Algerian hacker who was captured and extradited from Thailand. He was arrested back in January while moving through the Bangkok airport on his way from Malaysia.

Bendelladj stands accused of hijacking customer accounts at more than 200 financial institutions using the SpyEye program. Alleged totals of more than 100 million USD over the past five years have been indicated. SpyEye allowed the attacker to alter web pages displayed in a person’s web browser and trick them into entering personal data.

Variants of both SpyEye and Zeus have been used by criminals to automate the process of transferring money.  Bendelladj faces 23 charges from a 2011 indictment. He arrived in Atlanta on Thursday and was arraigned on Friday. He faces up to 30 years in prison and as much as a 14 million USD fine. Security researcher Brian Krebs has posted a PDF of the indictment on his site.

Image: Computer Hacker by BigStock

GNC-2011-10-24 #716 Back to Basics

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YouTube Hackers Invade Sesame Street, Replace with Porn

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Sunny Day, but the streets look different…

Visitors to the iconic children’s show “Sesame Street” on YouTube got a rude awakening on Sunday. All videos were deleted, and replaced with pornographic material. The header on the front page said “Sesame Street: It’s Where Porn Lives”. YouTube took instant action and brought down the site within the hour. At this moment, the page is still offline.

The blame has been running around as Reddit has a thread, blaming a person titled “MrEdxwx” . MrEdxwx has responded with a video stating his case that he did not hack Sesame Street.

Their Facebook Page has a public apology:

We apologize for any inconvenience our audience may have experienced today on ourSesame Street YouTube channel.  Our channel was compromised and we are presently working with YouTube/Google to restore our original content. We always strive to provide age-appropriate content for our viewers and hope to resolve this problem quickly.

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GNC-2011-03-28 #658 RIAA Infiltrates Federal Judges!

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Intel Revamps SSD Line.
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GNC-2010-11-08 #625 Back in the Saddle

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