Hackers Corrupt Website Belonging to Venture Capital Firm
Hackers recently took over the website of Blueprint Ventures based in South San Francisco, USA. The hacked website led viewers to several porn sites instead of displaying the actual content. The home page www.blueprintventures.com of the corrupt site said that it was undergoing construction and so invited visitors to have fun with "top quality" adult images till it was ready. It provided with various links for different images.
Bart Schachter, Blueprint's managing director said, the hackers changed major parts of the site, including the registration information and passwords. The records look almost like the miscreants own it. And, it is just short of a duel to establish the right of the real owner.
Mr. Schachter further said that many know the hacker to employ tactics to capture domain names of companies and then demand ransoms for release. However, he did not say if this particular hacking involved a financial demand for the restoration of the site.
The venture capital firm found the hacker made frequent moves and apparently used porn to get ransoms. The objective was not to sell porn but probably to force the original owners to pay. Mr. Schachter likens it to identity fraud for the company can't access the register.com entry as the hacker(s) have changed all the passwords.
Blueprint's former domain now is in the name of Andrew Krukov in Moscow, Russia. The name probably is false while the e-mail id for Mr. Krukov directs to a domain registered as Andy Placid. Placid's name is linked to a number of domains, including callgeteinic.com and treffend.com - both popular sources of pornography spam.
Following the manipulation of the Blueprint Ventures site, since the original URL would not work, a surfer could reach the team of Blueprint through dropping the "s" at the end of the e-mail address and URL, typing as www.blueprintventure.com.
The process of fixing the site seems to be unnaturally lengthy. It might take weeks, which is absurd. Not only is getting back the site troublesome but the criminal act has messed up the Blueprint schedule. Still worse is to go without e-mail.
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» SPAMfighter News - 23-12-2006