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Hacktivists Inadvertently Cause Damage to People They Claim to Represent

(Softpedia) On Monday, RSA released its monthly online fraud report for May. Besides the figures about worldwide phishing campaigns, the study also makes an interesting link between phishers and hacktivists.

While hacktivists, such as the ones from the Anonymous movement, usually rely on distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks to make their point, they sometimes decide to leak sensitive data from the companies they target.

According to experts, cybercriminals eagerly wait until hacktivists publish data stolen from major organizations.

For instance, in the attack against Sony Entertainment, where the details of almost 25 million users were leaked online, Sony’s reputation wasn’t the only one that suffered.

Cybercriminals immediately made copies of the leaked information and started abusing it for their own profit.

“For fraudsters, the large-scale hacks are like candy. Hacktivists will set up publicly available download links for anyone to be able to see the exposed databases, their hunting trophy, and end their part there. But as soon as the links are public, cybercriminals and fraudsters will access and download it before it is taken down by the hosting authorities,” the RSA report reads…read full article

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