That pretty much says it. ISP's are begining to notice a phenomenon
where hackers are getting into and defacing websites designed to steal passwords and personal information.
Basically what they do is poke around until they find some security vulnerability that allows them into an acount. Then, they put up a new site (something that says "this was a fradulent site") and change the passwords on the account so the original owners can not get in. Pretty neat/scary.
I'm not sure how I feel about this. In part, I applaud these dark knights of the web for helping prevent theft. On the other hand, I deplore other forms of vigilantism such as the minuteman project, and encourage the hackers to leave online fraud to the already over stretched authorities. Are there different levels of vigilantism, or is it categorically wrong? Is it wrong to commit a crime against a criminal to prevent the comission of further crime?
Screw it, I do know how I feel. GO HACKERS!
-Ben 08:57 EST |