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May 6th, 2008

Stolen Business And Personal Data Found On Open Botnet Server

Net security firm Finjan recently discovered a server with 5,388 compromised unique log files containing both email communications and web-related data. Information on the server included business and customer data from 40 top-tier global businesses, including healthcare providers. It reckons the data was amassed in less than a month.

The hacker-controlled server was running a botnet command and control application. In addition, the compromised system was used as a “drop site” for private information. Compromised information included patient data, business email and bank customer data. The compromised data and the Command and Control applications were detected by Finjan using its code inspection technology.

The compromised data was left in plain view on the hacker-controlled server, without any access restrictions or encryption. Thus the sensitive information was available to anyone who came across the server, not just the hackers who controlled it.

Finjan notified the affected financial institutions, located in the US, Europe and India, and law enforcement agencies prior to issuing an alert on the attack on Tuesday.

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