Gee, I wonder if Heatskreet can get in on this? j/k 😉 😉
Anyway, so hackers are getting organized and there’s no sign that they’re going to be stopped. They’ve been hacking global banks, and causing all sorts of other ruckuses. In fact, they’re probably hacking this website right at this very moment! Eh, probably not, but read the following and tell me you don’t have mad respect for these hoodlums.
This year, we’ve seen cybercriminals putting together sophisticated ransomware operations with the likes of staffed helpdesks to help victims pay up, and there is further evidence of high levels of organisation in terms of criminals conducting black hat SEO (search engine optimisation).
This is according to a new Hacker Intelligence Initiative report published by security firm Imperva, which found evidence of a long-term black hat SEO campaign (that started late last year) using botnets to promote dodgy websites.
Black hat SEO involves the attackers compromising target websites and then using them to pump up the Google rankings of the web pages of their paying customers (apparently these are mostly online pharmaceutical stores or malware serving sites of one kind or another).
Imperva observed that the attackers gain access to the CMS (content management system) of the compromised website and inject links pointing to their dodgy sites, giving these illicit pages more ‘Google juice’ and making it more likely people will see and visit them. Read more…