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    Latvian hacker behind data theft at boards.ie - Times Online
    A computer hacker in Latvia was behind last month’s cyber attack on boards.ie, which resulted in the theft of data associated with thousands of its users.

    The hacker has already used stolen passwords and email addresses to access credit from gambling websites, but the full scale of his activities is not yet clear. Gardai believe the theft of email addresses, passwords and other data, raises the prospect of long-term identity fraud, which could take more than a year to become known to a victim....
    The cyber crime, the biggest in the history of the state, is the subject of an international inquiry involving Interpol, the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation (GBFI) and the Latvian police.
    I'm not sure what commercial advantage such a hacker could get from Boards.ie ?

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    Possibly people use the same user-id and password on different sites?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeGaulle 2.0 View Post
    Possibly people use the same user-id and password on different sites?
    Possibly... but banks say don't quite let you pick your user name

    What's perhaps more likely is people using the same user-id and password as for their email account.... once you compromise a person's email account you get a lot of access.

    Here's the original thread:
    http://www.politics.ie/media/122624-...e-hacking.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberianpan View Post
    Possibly... but banks say don't quite let you pick your user name

    What's perhaps more likely is people using the same user-id and password as for their email account.... once you compromise a person's email account you get a lot of access.
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    Yes that's what he was after, their email. Online banking can send you statements to your email account. I do not do this but others probably do. This information would not be enough to hack bank accounts but the hackers could use it for identity theft. A common crime these days.
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    I think the way it operates it they get your registration email from the hacked site and a lot of people use the same simple password for everything, don't bother changing it regularly etc. They the hacker goes into individual email accounts and looks for where you've subscribed to other sites, like say a gambling site, and either the password is set out in the email from the gambling site to the account holder, or the holder has used exactly the same pass as for boards.ie, gmail, the gambling site, paypal, bank sites, etc. etc.

    So the moral of the story is, don't use boards.ie, don't use email, don't gamble, and whatever you do don't open a bank account (bankers are generally even more dishonest that this latvian guy).
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    just like flying on ryanair, one doesnt feel vunerable to hijack
    likewise with board.ie not a lot to worry about
    in fact, i suspect the whole thing is a publicity stunt by boards.ie
    for a whole lot of technical reasons too boring to go through
    apart from the pr reasons

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberianpan View Post
    Latvian hacker behind data theft at boards.ie - Times Online


    I'm not sure what commercial advantage such a hacker could get from Boards.ie ?

    cYp
    adverts.ie is part of boards.ie
    plus a huge database of e-mail adresses for spam

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mouroux View Post
    So the moral of the story is, don't use boards.ie, don't use email, don't gamble, and whatever you do don't open a bank account.
    or just don't use your main email on a website without https

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    Story in today's Sunday Times that the DPP has requested the extradition of the Latvian hacker to face charges re the boards.ie hacking. It is up to the Dept of Justice to follow through with the Latvian authorities.

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    Some Latvian now has a hard drive full of inflated opinionated egos and hilarious posts from the personal issues section ? petunia

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