Sunday, August 07, 2005

More on the identity theft ring (Sunbeltblog)

“Here is a quick idea of what happened: Patrick Jordan, our most senior CoolWebSearch (CWS) expert, was doing research on a CWS exploit. During the course of infecting a machine, he discovered that a) the machine he was testing became a spam zombie and b) he noticed a call back to a remote server. He traced back the remote server and found an incredibly sophisticated criminal identity theft ring.”

“The types of data in this file are pretty sickening to watch. You have IM chat sessions, search terms, social security numbers, credit cards, logins and passwords, etc.”

“People who ask me what to do get a simple answer: Get a software firewall in fast. Just any decent free one will do the job.”