Two prominent websites that specialise in remote access software have been taken offline by a DDoS attack orchestrated by a group of hackers who have taken offence at comments posted about them.
Rootkit.com, an established website run by security expert Greg Hoglund, has been offline for almost a week. Two other sites, operated by a prominent rootkit author known as "Holy Father" have also been taken down in the attacks, which are believed to be the work of a group of Bulgarian and Turkish hackers known as the SIS-Team.
Google, the US-based corporation listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange, has not confirmed nor denied whether its Maltese search engine, Google.com.mt, was hacked late on Tuesday evening earlier this week, presumably by Maltese hackers.
The search button ‘fittex’ (search) encountered a momentary metamorphosis on Tuesday evening when the word on the button was changed to the standard Maltese insult of calling somebody a ‘penis in a can’.
OpenOffice.org, an open-source software maker, has confirmed a buffer overflow issue that could allow remote attacks.
The problem in its freely distributed productivity applications has been fixed, the organization said late Tuesday. Representatives said the group hopes to release a patch within the next 48 hours.
The flaw, first discovered in late March, according to postings on the group's Web site, is present in OpenOffice Version 1.1.4 and the OpenOffice Version 2.0 beta release of the applications, as well as in earlier versions of those products.
Could botnets - the scourge of consumer security - be on the verge of going mobile? The prospect seems some way off but even so mobile operators and security watchers are more than a little spooked.
Two prominent Web sites that specialize in remote access software known as "rootkits" have been taken offline by a large distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack. The take-down was allegedly ordered by a shadowy group of hackers and rootkit authors who took offense to criticisms of their software posted on the sites. Rootkit.com, an established Web site run by security expert Greg Hoglund, has been offline for almost a week.