UK Police have uncovered a fairly massive data theft operation with a total close to 8,500 victims.
It’s quite worrying when things like this are uncovered as if 1 is uncovered or discovered…imagine how many aren’t found out about, just like exploits.
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.
Several GIG of data, that’s a hell of a lot of text.
They were using a pretty basic program though, haxdoor.
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.
Haxdoor is a powerful program that can collect passwords and send them to another e-mail address plus disable a computer’s firewall, among other functions, according to a description posted on security vendor F-Secure Corp.’s Web site. Symantec Corp., another security company, wrote it first detected Haxdoor in November 2003.
Computers can get infected with Haxdoor if they don’t have security patches or up-to-date antivirus software. London police said it’s believed many victims were infected through instant message programs.
Nice to see the good guys also using technology to parse the data and locate victims.
Metropolitan police experts built a special program to search through the data and identify victims, she said. The data contained information such as logins and passwords for major Web sites such as eBay Inc., Amazon.com, BT Group PLC and Pipex Internet Ltd., a U.K. Internet service provider.
In some instances, Haxdoor employed a screen-capture function to obtain information, McMurdie said.