Posted on Wednesday, May 09, 2012 @ 00:18:57 EDT in Hacking
Grandpa, patriot who goes by 'The Raptor,' claims credit for taking down Al Qaeda websites Read More...
An American hacker, who calls himself “The Raptor” and claims to be a grandfather waging his own war on terror, is taking credit for a series of takedowns of online forums used by Al Qaeda sympathizers, FoxNews.com has learned.
Calling himself a patriot acting on behalf of U.S. troops serving overseas, The Raptor claims to be behind last month’s attack on Al Qaeda’s main online forum, Shamukh Islamic Network, and a handful of other sites and forums, including Ansar al-Mujahideen, where jihadists gather online to issue threats and exhort one another to acts of terror. The sites went down on March 22, and most remained dark for nearly two weeks. As the websites stayed offline, The Raptor taunted his targets on Twitter, daring them to “bring it.”
“Bow. Wave. Exit Stage Right. Curtains. Applause,” he tweeted after Shamukh, the main site used to blast out Al Qaeda content, was taken out of commission, only to return days later with a message blaming the outage on “Enemies of Allah.”
In the online world, where posters and hackers alike take on false personas and play a virtual game of cat and mouse, it is difficult to know if The Raptor is who he says he is, someone simply claiming credit, or if the hack attacks are part of some larger, government-related operation.
“Who is taking it down is an interesting question, but does it matter?” asked Jeff Bardin, cyberterror expert and former Air Force Arabic linguist who is now a principal at the private intelligence firm Treadstone 71.
If experts can’t be sure who is taking the jihadist sites down, it is unlikely the extremists who run them and post on them can, either. But it is all but certain they’ve been stung by the taunts of someone calling himself The Raptor, or as his Twitter handle is spelled, “the3raptor.”
Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 @ 14:34:18 EST in Hacking
Almost 1,5 million websites defaced, what's happening?
Marcelo Almeida (Vympel), Boris Mutina (Minor)
Last year the Zone-H archived a sad record number, we archived 1.419.203 websites defacements. Read More...
Why and how this is happening?
If you are looking at on the stats, the things remain the same: file inclusion, sql injection, webdav attacks and shares misconfiguration are still at the top ranks of the attack methods used by the defacers to gain first access into the server. As an important factor influencing the stats we consider the fact that last year brought a very high number of the local linux kernel exploits.
Since many years ago, Linux became the most used OS for webservers and of course the preferred target for the defacers. Last year we archived 1.126.987 attacks against websites running on the Linux systems. The most used exploit by the defacers is the CVE-2010 – 3301,that was fixed in 2007 and was mysteriously reintroduced in 2008, in a large pile of kernel versions x86_64.