Counterattack! Suspected hacker caught on HIS WEBCAM, while spying on Georgia

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The country of Georgia has long blamed hackers based in Russia for attacks upon its computer networks, injecting malicious code into websites, and planting spyware to steal classified information.

Now the Georgian government’s CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) claims it has linked an internet attack to Russia’s security services, and even turned the tables on a hacker it believes was involved by secretly taking over his computer and taking video footage of him.

In a 27 page report [PDF], the Georgian government explains how in early 2011 Georgian news websites were hacked in order to exploit vulnerabilities, and spread malware that hijacked infected computers and searched for sensitive documents.

In addition to stealing Word documents, the malware…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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