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PayPal Lists 1,000 IP Addresses Involved in Hack, for FBI

Back in 2010, an unknown hackers' gang attacked PayPal when the payment service froze the account Wikileaks used. But data from the hackers' activity was enough for Pay Pal to track down the perpetrators. Consequently, PayPal has listed out 1,000 IP addresses that had an association with the hacking assault and it has handed over the list to FBI. Techmento published this on August 1, 2011.

Apparently, the IP addresses were laden with malware when the attack occurred during 2010. As a result, the agents were able to cull specific people during lately conducted raids, which resulted in 16 arrests.

Technology weblog regarding electronics for consumers Gizmodo says that the above follows as a reply to the unknown hackers' gang known as Anonymous launching a DDoS assault against the servers of PayPal during 2010. Although the IP addresses mayn't indicate anything, the FBI says they can surely evolve into a single address located within Arlington.

Nevertheless, according to a few security researchers, it was a Distributed Denial-of-Service attack that could happen with any Trojan infected PC. And as the PC-operator doesn't get to know of the Trojan's presence, the infected system is called a "zombie." Thus the IP addresses mayn't be of any use.

Meanwhile, to get the total number of 1,000 Internet Protocol addresses, PayPal created logs using Radware a device it owned for determining attackers' IP addresses as also recognizing rogue signatures.

Moreover, as per the official declaration, one experienced security engineer from eBay detected the particular malicious payloads that were getting utilized within the assaults, while discovering merely 6 variations that allowed researchers for pinpointing the intrusion's styles. Technolog published this on August 1, 2011.

Additionally, PayPal's declaration asserts that the overwhelming traffic due to the DDoS attack had IP addresses, which dispatched malevolent network packets, thus giving credence to the idea, which is that the IPs given to FBI were a few of those which dispatched the maximum volume of data.

Undoubtedly, the FBI has by now started picking and choosing from the list for figuring out if any address among the remaining corresponds with known activists or individual households.

Related article: Paypal – Web Hosting Services Need To Work Hard To Tackle Phishing

» SPAMfighter News - 12-08-2011

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