Nitesh Dhanjani and Billy Rios are security researchers who penetrated the "phishing underground" -- the ecosystem of scam-artists who run rip-off phishing sites and the toolsmiths and fences who supply them and vend the identities they steal. The conclusions are fascinating: first, phishers sell on the stolen identities to more sophisticated crooks; second, phishers steal from each other -- phishware is riddled with back-doors installed by other phishers to phish the phishers; finally, phishers are dumb and unsophisticated, doing nothing more technical than unpacking a directory on an exploited website, lacking even the competence to spot the backdoors in their tools.
The number of backdoors we saw was staggering. The servers serving the phishing sites had backdoors, the code used in the phishing kits had backdoors, the tools used by phishers had backdoors. Phishers aren't afraid to steal from regulars people and they are also not afraid to steal from other phishers. Some of the backdoors were meant to keep control over a compromised server, while other simply stole information that had been stolen by other phishers! We came across several forums where phishers, scammers, and carders basically identified other phishers, scammers, and carders that had scammed them. These shady characters may work with each other but they sure don't trust each other, that's for sure.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
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