Latest Web Hacking Incident Database (WHID) Entries

These are the lastest entries added by SpiderLabs to the Web Application Security Consortium (WASC) Web Hacking Incident Database (WHID) Project.

WHID 2011-106: Final Fantasy maker Square Enix hacked

Entry Title: WHID 2011-106: Final Fantasy maker Square Enix hacked
WHID ID: 2011-106
Date Occurred: May 13, 2011
Attack Method: SQL Injection
Application Weakness: Improper Input Handling
Outcome: Leakage of Information
Attacked Entity Field: Entertainment
Attacked Entity Geography:
Incident Description: Hackers have broken into two websites belonging to Japanese video games maker Square Enix.
The company confirmed that the e-mail addresses of up to 25,000 customers who had registered for product updates may have been stolen as a result.
Mass Attack: No
Reference: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13394968
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SpiderLabs Research Analysis

In the wake of the Sony PSN going down, perhaps attackers are focusing in on the gaming industry a bit more.

WHID 2011-105: Hackers Take Over Twitter Accounts of Fox-Affiliates

Entry Title: WHID 2011-105: Hackers Take Over Twitter Accounts of Fox-Affiliates
WHID ID: 2011-105
Date Occurred: May 10, 2011
Attack Method: Stolen Credentials
Application Weakness: Insufficient Authentication
Outcome: Account Takeover
Attacked Entity Field: Web 2.0
Attacked Entity Geography: USA
Incident Description: A group of hackers has gained access to a database of fox.com email accounts and last night took over the Twitter accounts of two Fox-affiliates: WFQX in Michigan's Upper Peninsulas and KADN in Lafayette, LA.
Calling itself Lulz Security, the group posted defamatory tweets under the accounts of WFQX and KADN and, using its own Twitter account (@LulzSec), has today been teasing future attacks. "Lots of Facebook logins," the group tweeted this morning.
Mass Attack: No
Reference: http://www.mediabistro.com/tvspy/hackers-take-over-twitter-accounts-of-fox-affiliates_b9977
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Attacked System Technology: Twitter

SpiderLabs Research Analysis

This incident shows again why it is important to use different passwords with each internet account. Once attackers gained access to the Fox.com user data (WHID 2011-101), they were then able to use it in order to compromise victim's accounts other other sites like Twitter and LinkedIn. Lesson learned - use different passwords on each site.

WHID 2011-104: NASA website hacked

Entry Title: WHID 2011-104: NASA website hacked
WHID ID: 2011-104
Date Occurred: May 11, 2011
Attack Method: Unknown
Application Weakness: Improper Output Handling
Outcome: Link Spam
Attacked Entity Field: Government
Attacked Entity Geography: USA
Incident Description: WASHINGTON: Software scammers offering cheap Adobe software have hacked into numerous web pages of NASA, just days before its final launch of the shuttle Endeavor, and Stanford University.
Mass Attack: No
Reference: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-05-11/internet/29531808_1_nasa-website-shuttle
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SpiderLabs Research Analysis

This incident is a great example of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tactics used by criminals. This example used the government site to display links to the goods the criminals were selling. By listing these links on "legitimate" sites, they improve their search engine rankings.

WHID 2011-102: Group says its website calling for democracy protests in China was hacked

Entry Title: WHID 2011-102: Group says its website calling for democracy protests in China was hacked
WHID ID: 2011-102
Date Occurred: May 12, 2011
Attack Method: Unknown
Application Weakness: Unknown
Outcome: Data Loss
Attacked Entity Field: Hosting Providers
Attacked Entity Geography:
Incident Description: BEIJING — A group that has issued calls for pro-democracy protests in China said its Google-hosted site was hacked Thursday, amid a far-reaching government crackdown on activists.
Mass Attack: No
Reference: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/group-says-its-website-calling-for-democracy-protests-in-china-was-hacked/2011/05/12/AFBAEtxG_story.html
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Attacked System Technology: Google

SpiderLabs Research Analysis

This is widespread evidence of brute force attacks against online email accounts such as Yahoo, AOL and Google. In this example, a good bet is that the attackers compromised a Google account and then deleted data for the Google-Site data.

WHID 2011-101: Fox.com hacked

Entry Title: WHID 2011-101: Fox.com hacked
WHID ID: 2011-101
Date Occurred: April 29, 2011
Attack Method: Unknown
Application Weakness: Unknown
Outcome: Leakage of Information
Attacked Entity Field: News
Attacked Entity Geography: USA
Incident Description: Hackers have broken into a Fox.com extranet site, designed as a repository of research statistics, programming details and ratings for clients and affiliates, and stolen the emails and passwords for hundreds of Fox Broadcasting employees.
Mass Attack: No
Reference: http://www.politico.com/blogs/onmedia/0511/Foxcom_hacked.html
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SpiderLabs Research Analysis

SQL Injection has not been confirmed as the attack vector but it is a good bet. See WHID 2011-105 for a follow-up incident where the attackers used the stolen credentials to compromise 3rd party sites.

WHID 2011-100: Banking Trojan gang busted by Finnish police

Entry Title: WHID 2011-100: Banking Trojan gang busted by Finnish police
WHID ID: 2011-100
Date Occurred: May 10, 2011
Attack Method: Banking Trojan
Application Weakness: Insufficient Authentication
Outcome: Monetary Loss
Attacked Entity Field: Finance
Attacked Entity Geography: Sweden
Incident Description: Updated Finnish police closed on investigation on Tuesday after arresting 17 people suspected of involvement in a banking Trojan scam used to siphon off hundreds of thousands of euros held in accounts with Nordea Bank.
Mass Attack: No
Reference: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/05/10/finnish_banking_trojan_investigation/
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Cost: $1.2 Million Euros

SpiderLabs Research Analysis

Banking Trojans are big business as they are shamefully effective at compromising banking accounts and transfering money out.

 

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