Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The man who recruited a hacker to delete his fines goes to jail

Yes, we know that today the unquestionable IT security news are related to the iPhones 6 and 5, and the relevant iPads, jailbreak, besides remotely, via web. ¡Almost nothing! But because this information is everywhere, we allow ourselves to open our daily summary with another news, less important in the history of cybersecurity but a human story which provides us moral, a kind of story which must be taught in the schools for adults and kids: how a man who owed 25.000 dollars recruited a hacker to delete his debts and has been imprisoned for, at least, two years.  

Zachary J.Landis
The story of Zachary J. Landis would be even funny, if he hasn't ended with a jail sentence. Landis had some debts, among them administration fines, so he decided to hire a hacker to remove them. Using his real name and e-mail address, he put an ad on Craiglist, read by the local police. A detective contacted with Landis, pretending to be a hacker and Landis told him everything: he wanted to delete his fines and, afterwards, another debts.

Epic Jailbreak

And while people play to be hackers without thinking about the consequences, in the real hackers heights the abilities shown are more and more impressive: in September, Zerodium offered a a million dollars reward to anybody who could hack iOS 9 remotely, assaulting the victim in a web by using Safari or Chrome browsers. Well: someone, an unknown team, made it.

Assault to KeePass

Others who have been hacked are the password administrators. A new tool, KeeFarce, can decode the names, passwords and saved notes in the KeePass administrator. But the users of other passwords administrators aren’t safe: developers are working now in similar apps that would practically break all the managers known until now.

Halloween RAT

And if this doesn’t scare you, maybe the called Halloween RAT will do: a malware called NanoCore has infected a unknown number of web visitors who used a popular solution against the ad blockers: PageFair. Through a spearphishing attack, the attackers accessed the platform and replaced its Javascript for another one, malicious.

We recommend our readers to keep reading, accessing the links of all today's news, because they're worthwhile. Excluding our first moral story, the others are samples of the almost epic levels the hacker genius is reaching.


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