Hack websites, feel the power, make more money, and earn some thrills with our training; that's what Black Hawk Safety Net advertised to lure people to become cyber attackers. They said they'd provide successful and guaranteed attack tools to people who could spare one minute to learn.
Well, they're history now after Chinese police arrested the ring leaders and closed down what may be the largest "training site" for Chinese hackers. Black Hawk Safety Net is accused of making more than $1 million in tuition from over 12,000 people who paid them to get "trained".
Wonder if the Chinese police are taking "hacking" lessons from Black Hawk Safety Net founders in prison. I mean what better way for police officers to protect their country from hackers than by becoming a hacker themself?
It's handy when you can shorten your urls when on Twitter, given that you only have 140 characters to work with, right? Well, the tool that becomes handy also leaves all of us more vulnerable to a cyber attack. That's because you can't tell where the shortened url is going to take you and so you can end up going to malicious sites or downloading malware that can infect your computer.
So what to do?
Well, one easy way is to use a twitter tool like Tweetdeck which offers you the option to preview shortened urls. When you enable that option, you can see the url's destinate page title as well as the entire url to determine if you want to visit that site or not.
You can also install a URL-preview plug-in that is offered by most browsers. When you use url shortening tools such as ExpandMyURL and LongURLPlease you can also enable plugins which can verify the safety of the full url.
I get a lot of DM's (direct messages) where someone or the other wants me to go to a certain site to view something. I rarely click on those urls in the first place. But when I do, I make sure that I know the person sending me the url, preview the url, and then only open the site. If someone posts a url link with a news item, rather than clicking on the link, I do a Google search on the news item and find my information that way.
We can never be too careful these days what with all the robots and cyber criminals that have invaded social networking sites. Taking simple precautions can go a long way in protecting your computer and your data so make the time to implement these simple safeguards today.
I must admit that I had to stifle a chuckle when I first read an article about cyber criminal organization advertising for job opportunities online.
According to a security researcher Kevin Stevens of SecureWorks who presented his findings at a BlackHat conference in VA, two cyber crimininal organizations are seeking individuals who will have to infect computers with malicious code through spamming or online attacks. Basically all an employee would have to do is promote links that are infected with malware to lure users into clicking them and thus providing access to private data.
And get this, each "employee" would get paid $180 for every 1000 infected computers. Employees would be paid using online payment systems such as Western Union, Paypal, and others.
I know the economy is bad and jobs are scarce. But friends, trust me this ain't a job you want to apply for. Look for another opportunity. Please.