Wanna be a hacker? There's an app for that
Sat April 30, 2011 6:13am
EASY-to-use hacking programs are flooding the internet, allowing people with no tech savvy to access bank details and crash websites.
Tech experts warn easy-to-use programs that can access bank details and crash websites are multiplying online, resulting in an increase in attacks during the past year.
"The software is free, looks like any other Windows or Apple program, and it can infiltrate computers with the click of a button.
"Cybercrime is no longer limited to those with advanced programming skills," said a spokesman for IT security company Symantec.
More than 60 per cent of malicious web activity is now attributable to "attack kits", which created more than 286 million variants of so-called malware last year. Malware can allow hackers to access bank details and also passwords.
Australian cyber-security expert Ty Miller, from Pure Hacking, said the programs were freely available to Queenslanders the most common of which was used to crash websites.
"A good example is when the WikiLeaks drama was peaking and hackers were retaliating against Amazon, MasterCard and Visa and trying to crash their websites," Mr Miller said.
"Those who agreed with attacks would just join in and more than 45,000 people worldwide downloaded (the program).
"Most of them would not have programming skills, (but) they could just click a button.
"The programs could look like any other Windows program but conduct very sophisticated cyber attacks."
Sony is currently attempting to fix its PlayStation Network after hackers crashed it last week, potentially accessing details of 77 million customers, including more than 700,000 Australians.
Queensland Police warned PlayStation users to cancel their credit cards, while US newspapers last night reported some of the stolen details were being offered for sale on blackmarket internet forums.
And an Adelaide PlayStation user has had $2000 of unauthorised charges on his credit card since Sony's announcement, although police have not verified whether this was a result of the cyber attack.
Gamers in the US have also launched a class action lawsuit against Sony alleging negligence and breach of contract.
For more on the easy-to-use hacking programs flooding the internet go to the Courier-Mail.