Of Hacks & Keyloggers – Part 1

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Of Hacks & Keyloggers…!!! “I don’t know what happened!; I don’t remember visiting any dodgy websites, downloading any weird apps, opening any suspicious emails or attachments, let alone links!, why I am receiving these sms & email notifications from my Bank!?!?” Sounds familiar right? Come to think of it, in most cases the unsuspecting victim is being honest. That being said, I just remembered something; a previous write up revolving around one of the methods used to carry out this type of attack. It can happen to anyone, in fact I was once a victim!

 

 

What is a keylogger? 

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Windows XP Hack

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uTorrent RemoteWe sat, had a few drinks, he told me he had a couple of Open Source Projects he was working on and also described the technologies he had implemented to get one of his projects going. “Wait! Do these things actually exist?!” I asked… “Yes they do!”, he replied. Okay, I think I am going a little bit fast here; It all started when I was having a chat with one of my associates (long time close associate to be exact), he was telling me how excited he was to have spent the last couple of months investing in learning and implementing Open Source based Server Solutions. Most of his projects initially started / start off by him downloading a couple of Linux based software(s) (.iso images) in the form of torrents from Distrowatch using his TorrentBox. “What did you say, TorrentBox?” I asked, “Wait! Do these things actually exist?!” I asked (again (without even giving him the chance to answer))… “Yes they do!”, he replied. My questions or reasoning didn’t seem to move him, neither did his projects (as a whole)! His major concern was

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Drive-by downloads

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Drive-by DownloadsIt’s 4:37 a.m, I am woken up by a continuous humming noise coming from my phone. I try to ignore the unending vibrations but after gathering the courage to get out of bed, I grabbed my phone and immediately realised the vibrations where not due to the reminders set on my phone, neither were they being triggered by an active phone call, I discovered the vibrations were due to the SMSes I kept receiving continuously.  The SMSes were being generated in real-time from my Online Banking Portal and the notifications kept

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