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Even Script Kids Have a Right to Be Forgotten
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:54:14 +0000 (UTC)

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/07/even-script-kids-have-a-right-to-be-forgotten/

By Brian Krebs
Krebs on Security
July 18, 2014

Indexeus, a new search engine that indexes user account information acquired from more than 100 recent data breaches, has caught many in the hacker underground off-guard. That’s because the breached databases crawled by this search engine are mostly sites frequented by young ne’er-do-wells who are just getting their feet wet in the cybercrime business.

Indexeus boasts that is has a searchable database of “over 200 million entries available to our customers.” The site allows anyone to query millions of records from some of the larger data breaches of late — including the recent break-ins at Adobe and Yahoo! – listing things like email addresses, usernames, passwords, Internet address, physical addresses, birthdays and other information that may be associated with those accounts.

Who are Indexeus’s target customers? Denizens of hackforums[dot]net, a huge forum that is overrun by novice teenage hackers (a.k.a “script kiddies”) from around the world who are selling and buying a broad variety of services designed to help attack, track or otherwise harass people online.

Few services are as full of irony and schadenfreude as Indexeus. You see, the majority of the 100+ databases crawled by this search engine are either from hacker forums that have been hacked, or from sites dedicated to offering so-called “booter” services — essentially powerful servers that can be rented to launch denial-of-service attacks aimed at knocking Web sites and Web users offline.

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