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Researchers Hone In On 'Dropzones' For Stolen Credentials
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Saturday, 20 December 2008 11:44
One-third of "impersonation attack" victims from the U.S. and Russia, research finds

Dec 18, 2008 | 02:39 PM
By Kelly Jackson Higgins
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German researchers have discovered more than 300 cybercrime servers full of stolen credentials on more than 170,000 people -- and it is only the tip of the iceberg, they say.

Researchers at the University of Mannheim's Laboratory for Dependable Distributed Systems were able to access nearly 100 so-called "dropzone" machines, and say the actual number of these servers is much more.

"With our limited amount of machines, we found more than 300 dropzones, and we covered only two families of banking Trojans. In total, there are presumably many more," says Thorsten Holz, one of the researchers and a founder of the German Honeypot Project. The researchers were studying what they call "impersonation attacks," where victims' credentials are stolen so that the attacker can impersonate them. [Comments...]
 

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