Krypt3ia

(Greek: κρυπτεία / krupteía, from κρυπτός / kruptós, “hidden, secret things”)

Archive for March 7th, 2009

Speaking Of Carding and ID Theft…

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Evidently the carders have now adopted YouTube to sell their warez! Now, I think that this is a bit too “open” a format to sell this kind of thing.. Hell, even to share links on where to go to get the goods! Crazy really. I guess unless you have a nice crypted P2P/board/IRC stealth channel, this is the way to go… NOT.

Story from F-secure HERE

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2009/03/07 at 23:11

Cybercriminal leads Ukrainian political party

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From Graham Cluely’s Blog

Do you believe that hackers who played a part in exchanging stolen credit card details stolen by password-grabbing spyware can be rehabilitated into society?

What kind of career path do you think they should follow? Computer security consultant? Penetration tester? Rat catcher? Politician?

Internet Party of Ukraine

Meet Dmitry Golubov, leader of the Internet Party of the Ukraine (IPU).

The party held its first official congress on March 1st (you can see some photographs of the event here), where Golubov no doubt reaffirmed his party’s platform of rooting out public corruption, returning nuclear weapons to the Ukraine and “electronic government against bureaucracy”.

What Golubov may not have talked about in his address to a packed conference room was that in July 2005 he was arrested in Odessa, and accused of being “Script”, the mysterious hacker who ran the CarderPlanet website that became a mecca for cybercriminals interested in trading information about how to make money from stolen credit card numbers and identities.

Millions of dollars are said to have been lost by American financial institutions because of CarderPlanet.com, and Golubov was eventually jailed for his involvement.

Curiously, the tale didn’t end there however. In December 2005 two Ukranian politicians managed to convince a judge to release Golubov from prison claiming there was insufficient evidence of his guilt. Golubov has strongly denied his guilt, claiming that he was himself the victim of “identity theft” that framed him.

It’s been claimed before that the public rates politicians amongst the least trusted professions (sometimes ranking below estate agents and tabloid journalists).

Perhaps that’s not surprising if political parties are headed up by criminal hackers.

Interesting how those pesky Eastern Europeans just love a strong man type. I actually remember carderplanet and the whole takedown of “Script”, heh. Well, I guess at least he is a bald faced liar and crook unlike our politicians here huh?

Well, look at it this way.. The Ukraine has been a hotbed of hacking/malware/identity theft wihtout him in office. Just imagine it with him “in” office as a politician! Keep your passwords hidden, your malware/AV patterns updated, and DON’T CLICK THAT ADOBE PDF FILE someone just sent you out of the blue!

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2009/03/07 at 23:02

Watchmen: A Review

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After a long wait Watchmen came out tonight and I went to see it. All in all a solid film, but, I could not help but empathize with Dr. Manhattan about this movie..

Detached…

On the way home I was listening to NPR and heard the ad for Studio 360 tomorrow. The lead is the “Watchmen” movie. The tag line was along the lines of;

“After so long with so many other dark comic book films.. Is it relevant?”

I say yes and no. Yes because it is what started the reboot of the comic book world. No, because as I said above, it left a sense of dispassion.

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2009/03/07 at 04:03

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