So you found this page! Awesome.
There are wonderful things occurring in the efforts to track down corporate hackers and stalkers, there will soon be some test cases to set criminal precedence.
Thankfully, as has been proven with the recent billion dollar drug busts in Australia over the last few months, there are others watching too.
One of our Mayors up this way was sacked as a result of hacking his CEO ... As delighted as I am that we are finally getting some precedent to criminalize hacking, this was I feel a too harsh penalty ... he had to be enabled by a technical professional to do this. It is the technical culture that has to change ... those who can hack must stop hacking - period. Attacking those who cannot fight back is like shooting babies in their cribs. Warning - We are coming to get you ... no matter who you work with..
Why should this bother the Organisation in Australia?
Your company should be concerned, because as you have now seen, precedent has now been set, that the organisation, manager and directors are liable, not the technical expertise that is carrying out the practise of hacking. Do you actually know what your technical team are up to?
If your web developer SEO professional is criminally minded, I GUARANTEE it will be only a matter of time before your environment is used to assist them in their dishonest pursuits. If they don't eventually turn this back on you (because their minds are a little pyscho) they will be using Dark Web SEO Black Hat techniques to control the position of your websites in search engines.
What's more, when they are finally prosecuted, all of their managed servers will be removed from the web, that means your organisation will go down with them. Just like in the Bank Corruption cases, doesn't matter if you know or not, your company executives and directors will be held equally responsible.
I cannot impress upon all reading this article just how serious the issue is. Fortune 500 Organization's are involved, big religious movements are huge offenders, banks and financial institutions are involved and every Microsoft Engineer has the tools to zip into your device at whim, entering via any wifi hot spot, even your wireless mouse.
I cannot hack - I should be able to, seeing I worked in computers at a time we were introducing Database technology and WAN into Australia, but I believe if you lie down with dogs ... I read that Rupert Murdoch is taking action in his organisation via his sons ... this is wonderful ... it's a big huge organisation with some quite nasty pockets, and guess where most of them are .. right here in Australia. Maybe it's our convict roots ...
A hack joke for you ... what is the largest city of Russian hackers? (it's in Australia)
Some big Government money made it's way into one of the Far North Cities, $10 Million I believe, and some of this found it's way into the corrupt Domain Hosting Game. FNQ is Australia's Jurassic Park of some very clever old time and even famous Geeks, it's also a harbour for some of Australia and PNG's cyber crims ... I ran a small web design and hosting service up there for 10 years ... next to Israel, Australia is home to some of the best hackers ... who are careful not to use our own hosting facilities, so as not to get caught.
When we moved our technology centre to Sydney the Splash Servers came under control of the FNQ hackers, former employees whom had previously had access privileges to the server. Somebody bought up the entire hosting service that we used (Smarty Host/Myob) and proceeded to use DNS hacking to disrupt our business by channelling form emails and controlling the search engine results. My business dropped from several million to virtually thousands. When Julia was turfed out of government after being hacked to death ... it was time to do something about it. One very important necessity was to create a legal precedent that hacking is a criminal offence...thankfully I did not have to do that ... the Mayor did it!
Some things that have to change
Technical Privilege Your hosting service and manager has ALWAYS had the privilege to read your email and scurry across your computers, just as most Program and App providers have the same privilege to jump into your device when they choose. The hackers know their way around these services, in-fact corruption is growing within these large organisations. Cyber people have way too much control, and this starts with the technology carriers duty of care. They are working on it ...
DNS Hacking - this is where your website and domain server are infiltrated to produce back doors into your website and devices.. The Hacker sets up double hosts so they can jump into your site when they wish. A good way to see if this has happened to your site is go call it up in www.yougetsignal.com, and see how many other sites are listed as being housed on your server.
Website Scraping and Sitemap.xml Attacks - Scraping firstly breaks your robots.txt, so they can send a robot through your server and gather code from your CMS sites, then submit mushed up content to the Search Engines to create fake pages. This affects your ratings in the index. If you find you have fake pages or tags showing up in the search engines .. you are very likely "hit".
Email Farming - this is where an email with code hidden in script and images calls up more code from the sender to build a Program on your hard drive. Once in the world is their oyster, E.G. They can tweak your camera and video devices to watch as you type. They can attach to your browser and feed you want they want you to see (Google and Bing already do this with our permission) and they can read your emails and download your images ... great if you want to steal designs and customers.
I had a guy work for me almost a decade ago, he was so terrifying I was afraid to fire him, so we put him out under contract. This guy was a highly mentally unstable "smart guy" who has been stalking ever since, even gathered himself a bunch of freaky fellows to follow him in several countries, some of them I know . .. but not for much longer. We've been onto them for a while. Some of the offences include
a. Using Thousands of Facebook memberships to stalk and infiltrate those who market on Facebook ... makes money from 'likes' I would imagine, but they also create a deliberate nuisance through tons of false questions and comments. Big problem in PNG and the Pacific Islands who are just ripe for our cyber crims to take advantage of..
b. Deleting Websites and harassing websites through deliberate attacks of the forms ... one of our not so technically minded customers (a Not For Profit Catholic Website) received a barrage of thousands of dollars of purchases on their website and she diligently posted out the goods believing the money was in their Pay Pal Account. Form attack is a hobby of some quite respected operators ... doing it since they began. Then the offender had the audacity to take over the site ...which still shows up as on the Splash Servers, even though we have not had it there for 3 years.
Professional hackers work mostly for a group of guys I call the "Insiders". Insiders are executives who have jobs in high places, mining, construction, government departments and media organisations, and all share the same privileges to know what big jobs are coming up. They covertly form or become shareholders of organisations that can profit from this knowledge, passing a nice piece of the pie off to themselves through a friend or family member. Get this, it's not actually illegal to do this in Australia ... but for obvious reasons, it is highly unethical.
One group I deal with are very cashed up, so they can pay top dollar for their hackers, even partner with them, they also control the websites of some of Australia's biggest organisations .. ... they hound us with bogus requests for quotes and invoices, But as dishonest folk are usually thick as bricks, they are also easily traceable by their IP address, which is always in the vicinity of their organization ... be it the floated organization or their SEO Team.
I've had three such false requests this quarter... to the total value of $1,300,000 - it has taken me away from my launch of new products - by organizations that have IP Addresses similar to a MoBoom group (who clearly are not aware of the people they have in Australia).
But as I said earlier, I don't mind so much now, because we have had every conceivable internet security arm watching for almost 3 years ... and each time these very sad individuals lower themselves is another likelihood they will be caught in the act ....