Cyber Attack on Official Site of Stephenie Meyer
The website of renowned author, Stephenie Meyer, widely acclaimed for the Twilight Saga, (stepheniemeyer.com) is being hacked by cyber criminals, as claimed by security experts at security firm, GFI Software recently.
Unfortunately, on account of such proliferation, noble users for the sake of having a glance of the story resulted into compromising their computers into zombies.
These zombie computes being a part of a botnet, are utilized to spread the spam e-mails and initiate the launch of denial of service (DOS) attacks.
The abusive Crimepack kit pack is well crafted to search for unlatched security holes in software products, including Java, PDF readers, Internet Explorer, LibTIFF, and other popular software components, which were used in the past to spread malware.
The advanced control panel of Crimepack is extensively used by the masterminds to control and check out exactly the vulnerabilities used for exploits, operating systems utilized by the victims, and even the browsers. The dashboard also helps them to remain informed about the number of victimized in this operation and the country they reside.
In 2010 also, Brian Krebs, a Security Expert laid down an in-depth analysis of the effects of spiteful Crimepack exploit kit, which was widely popular among the cyber crooks.
There is no estimation of the interval during which Meyer's website was under the thrall but at present, the site is free of such codes. Sadly, ignorant users who went through the site during this time of hacking are still struck with the aftermath effects and ongoing with the clean-up process. Users are also recommended to carry on with all security updates whenever they are available by a vendor and make their PCs secured and hassle free of threats.
However, this is not the first time of such viral attack on the author, Meyer. Such incidents also came to fore in May 2010, when security firm, PC Tools noticed malicious websites flooding with fake interviews of Stephenie Meyer scored high rankings. On visiting the fake sites, instead of providing a video clip of Meyer, users were directed to a window informing them of the malware attack and urging them towards downloading antivirus software for hassle free cleanup.
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» SPAMfighter News - 07-03-2012