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Hackers May Be Profiling Targets via Internet Scans, Say Experts
Hackers May Be Profiling Targets via Internet Scans, Say Experts

According to a report at the Netcraft.com site, Internet scanning for servers running Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) has spiked in the past week, raising suspicions that hackers may be profiling targets for future attacks.

Netcraft has a cosmopolitan client list, spread through the UK, the USA, mainland Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America.

Scans of port 443, which is used by SSL, have surged since July 15. The report explains that SSL encrypts sensitive information for e-commerce transactions, and that its presence can therefore indicate a high-value target for crackers seeking to steal financial data.

It notes that a similar pattern was seen in April, shortly after exploit code was published for a critical security hole in Microsoft's implementation of SSL. That scanning was followed by attacks on Australian banks in late April, and the same vulnerability was used last month to hijack Windows servers running IIS 5.0 and spread phishing trojans to visitors of the compromised sites.

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