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Mega-Breaches Employed Familiar, Preventable Attacks
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Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 19 August 2009 11:41

Alleged mastermind behind Heartland, Hannaford's, and 7-11 breaches used SQL injection, sniffers, custom malware in attacks

Aug 18, 2009 | 04:17 PM
By Kelly Jackson Higgins
DarkReading

The attacks that led to the mass theft of over 130 million credit and debit card accounts may hold the record for the biggest overall breach ever charged in the U.S., but the attackers used classic and well-known methods that could have been thwarted, according to experts.

In the wake of the big news yesterday that one man is suspected to be behind the biggest breaches ever charged in U.S. history, security experts say the indictment of 28-year-old Albert Gonzalez, aka "segvec," "soupnazi," and "j4guar17," of Miami, Fla., revealed that Gonzalez and his cohorts exploited vulnerabilities that are typically found in many cybercrime cases --SQL injection, packet sniffing, and backdoor malware designed to evade detection. [Comments...]
 
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