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MySpace hacker gets his profile deleted

作者:金雌啦    发布时间:2019-03-01 11:12:03    

By Will Knight After demonstrating a trick for hacking into other users’ MySpace accounts at a prominent computer security conference on Sunday, a US college student was humbled to find his own account disabled. Rick Deacon, a student at the University of Akron in Cleveland, Ohio, US, revealed several techniques aimed at gaining access to other users’ MySpace accounts at the DEFCON conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, US. Shortly after his demonstrations, however, Deacon found a message in his MySpace inbox informing him that his account had been suspended for violation of the site’s terms of use. “In retrospect, I should have used a dummy account,” he told AFP. The hacking techniques demonstrated by Deacon included a technique known as cross-site scripting, which involves adding extra information to a trusted web page in order to mislead a user or to perform to a remote action on their machine, via the web browser. By tricking a victim into clicking on a link, Deacon showed that it is possible to capture the web browser file, known as a “cookie”, which automatically logs a user into the site. This can then be used to access their account, Deacon said. The vulnerability has not been verified independently, but Deacon appeared to demonstrate it live before his audience. He also claimed that he alerted MySpace to the problem some weeks ago but that the site had not responded. Now, however, MySpace has patched the vulnerability. Bruce Schneier, a renowned computer security expert with BT Counterpane, based in California, US, says the demonstration highlights a trend in the computer security community, which has seen experts probe social networking sites more and more. “It’s not that MySpace is worse than anything else,” he told New Scientist. “It’s just that social networking sites are becoming juicier targets.” A survey carried out by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and software firm Computer Associates in October 2006 suggests that people who use social networking sites often engage in “risky” behaviour online. Some 74% of users said they would divulge personal information, including email addresses and birthdays, through such sites. The report suggests that this could increase the risk of online identity theft. “As more and more people rely on MySpace for their social interactions and for their personal information, you’re going to see more of these hacks,” Schneier says. Deacon appeared humbled by having his accounted deleted. “If you talk to them, tell them I’m sorry,

 

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