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Unknown Hackers "Booby-Trap" MSN's Korean Web Site
The Attack's Aim Was to Steal Passwords from Visitors

In an attack directed at the news section of the MSN Korea Web site, hackers last week "booby-trapped" the South Korean site (www.msn.co.kr) in an attempt to steal users' passwords.

Adam Sohn, an MSN director, confirmed that the site was taken offline for nearly half a day.

"Our preliminary opinion here was, this was the result of an unpatched operating system," Sohn said. "When stuff is in our data center, it's easier to control. We're pretty maniacal about getting servers patched and keeping our customers safe and protected."

It would seem that Microsoft intervened in time; no customers have reported problems stemming from visits to the Web site, Sohn said.

About Jeremy Geelan
Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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The 'booby-trap' exploit is a reminder to us all how dangerous it is to have the SAME password for different things. Once these bad guys get it, they'll trip through your lives if you do that.




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