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It seems like no matter how much companies may try to up their defences, there will always be some industrious young hacker who manages to evade every roadblock in his way. One team of researchers, though, think they may have finally found a way to turn their defence into an attack on the hackers themselves — by spewing fake data at them and sending them drowning.
Today, Microsoft’s official blog and the @XBoxSupport and @MSFTnews Twitter accounts were hacked, the latter sending out anti-Microsoft messages which have since been deleted. The Syrian Electronic Army is taking credit for the attack, but Microsoft says the situation is under control and no customer data was compromised.
White hat hacking refers to someone who wants to find vulnerabilities in a particular organisation’s infrastructure to save them from being exploited by real bad guys. Companies usually contract these people to do such work, which is why a 16-year old Victorian schoolboy hacking his way around Public Transport Victoria is now in hot water, despite his best intentions.
Criminals will go to all lengths to cheat an ATM out of its cash. But now a team of researchers has discovered that skimmers may be a thing of the past: crooks have been targeting cash machines directly using infected USB sticks instead.