IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: 10 Stupidest Hacks of All Time
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Wrote a Word macro virus that printed out his resume and demanded a job or he would write another malware to delete hard drives.Michael Buen, the author of the WM97/Michael-B Word macro virus, printed out his resume on Fridays towards the end of the month in infected documents. "Warning: If I don't get a stable job by the end of the month I will release a third virus that will remove all folders in the Primary Hard Disk," Buen warned. There was no applicable law to prosecute Buen at the time, according to the Philippines Supreme court.
Every security breach highlights something the victim didn't do or a mistake that wound up being very costly, such as reusing passwords or not running firewall software. Some of the attacks can be quite sophisticated, using zero-day vulnerabilities. Or sometimes they are or just plain devious, relying on phishing scams. Many people tend to think of hackers as geniuses as they are often one step ahead of the good guys. In general, hackers are "very calculating and successful, so there aren't a lot of "dumb hacks out there, according to Marc Maiffret, CTO of eEYE Digital Security, told eWEEK. Maiffret admitted there were some "dummies in cyberspace," but felt they were fewer than those "robbing the local liquor store." However, according to Alan Wlasuk, CEO of 403 Web Security, some of them are just average folks capable of making some very dumb mistakes. eWEEK chatted with several security researchers and compiled the list of some of the dumbest cyber-attackers, either in the attack itself or because of how they got caught. While hackers can be dangerous, not every hacker is a Kevin Mitnick. A couple of these don't strictly qualify as hacks, but they involve the simple theft of a device or disclosure of data that were easily solved. Here are a few.