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Web Stalkers
Chapter 5 -
All About Cybercrime

Outside-In Hacker Attacks

Hacker attempts against web-enabled systems are constant, and many companies report thousands of attempts every day.  A comprehensive auditing system will record all illegal access attempts and include the time, referrer IP address and all other relevant information.  The following is a real-world case.

Real-World Case: The Extortion Attack

In this case, a hacker exploited a web server vulnerability, started siphoning confidential information from a corporate database, and shipped it via e-mail to a foreign country that did not honor U.S. copyright law.  A foreign cohort then extorted the company, proving that they had the data and threatening to disclose proprietary secrets to a competitor unless they were paid a significant sum of money.

Faced with the loss of their competitive advantage, the company contacted the FBI and was told that there was no reciprocity with the nation and that Interpol would not be able to investigate or arrest the extortionists.  The webmaster had not detected the data leakage, and he had no idea how the thieves had accessed the database.

Surprisingly, this is not an uncommon occurrence, and many multi-national companies keep accounts for bribery and extortion expenses because they are a legitimate requirement for doing business in some overseas nations.  In this case, the company quietly paid the extortionist in return for the promise to destroy the data and details about how the data was stolen.

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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