[funsec] Haxdoor: UK Police Count 8,
500 Victims in Data Theft (So Far)
fergdawg at netzero.net
Tue Oct 24 16:24:20 CDT 2006
British electronic-crime detectives are investigating a massive data
theft operation that stole sensitive information from 8,500 people in
the U.K. and others in some 60 countries, officials said Tuesday.
In total, cybercriminals targeted 600 financial companies and banks,
according to U.K. authorities, who have worked over the past week to
identify and notify victims.
Through intelligence sources, U.K. police were given several gigabytes
of data -- around 130,00 files -- that came from a server in the U.S.,
said Charlie McMurdie, detective chief inspector for the Specialist
Crime Directorate e-Crime Unit of the London Metropolitan Police. Most
of the data related to financial information, she said.
The data was collected by a malicious software program nicknamed
Haxdoor that infected victims' computers. Some 2,300 machines were
located in the U.K. McMurdie said.
"Fergie", a.k.a. Paul Ferguson
Engineering Architecture for the Internet
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