Anyone aware of, or see, this;http://hack-db.com/
It's a database of hacked sites, maintained by the hackers themselves, and it includes mirrors of all the sites that have been hacked (in their hacked state) , compiled up with ranking tables to show who's the best hacker. Now although it's interesting to look at, it clearly encourages people to go out and hack [more] sites .. can you believe the authorities let this exist?!
Now I hear you say, in which third world country is this buried such that the Yanks can't take it down.
Well, I dunno, how about "the US of A", a little town called "San Francisco" .. !
On approaching the outfit that broadcasts web sites for the hackers themselves (also in good old SF) I provided some details of a recent hack and requested they take the hackers sites off-line. Seemed only fair.
- their response was "show us the proof" .. I wouldn't mind, but the proof is on the website concerned.
- on showing irrefutable proof their response was "show us more proof".
(a series of links from the hackers own website, via twitter to hack-db.com, all published by the hacker, with a mirror of the hacked site apparently isn't enough)
So when people ask "why Cyber Crime a problem"? It's definitely not because the criminals can't be caught, it's not because we can't block their websites, and indeed we have apparently reputable Western companies prepared to broadcast boasts and evidence of all their illegal activity.
- So, here's the question ;; how do we address this problem
Incidentally, I find it incredibly ironic that hackers showing a distinct leaning toward being Islamic Cyber Terrorists have a website IP that traces back to a Californian company who seem quite happy to provide them with a service. I guess they're not quite so worried in SF, long way from New York and not so many tall towers to knock down! .. or maybe 9/11 was just a long time ago for US tech companies.
.. Oh, and before you read "Hacktivism" on the hack-db site and are tempted to think that they're only ethical hackers and only attack nasty governments and greedy corporates, I'm pretty sure that attacking hospitals and "savethechildren" pretty much negates any such ethos (!)