Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Hacking or Phishing?

During the past few weeks, some Maldivian blogs got hacked according to the blog authors or those close to them. How did all these blogs get hacked? Is GMail security that low that any script kiddie could take over your blog? Or is there something else to it? Was the bloggers phished?

As far as I know GMail is pretty secure and there is no known way of hacking into someone's GMail account unless you know their password or secret question answers. Therefore, the only reasonable explanation for the recent "hacking" of several Maldivian blogs can only be attributed to phishing (this seems to be what is suggested by a recent article on the dhiislam website).

If you want to learn more about phishing and how to protect yourself from phishing attacks please read my previous post on phishing attacks. You can also read more about phishing on howstuffworks.com

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