One alone Nigerian Hacker was behind all the mess up and hacking of more than 4000 organization around the globe. According the researchers at Check Point, the hacker used basic hacking technique and antiquated tools to execute such major cyber-crime. In more than 14 cases, the hacker was able to break the security breaches with very simple tricks. The trained security professional are still confused that how a single hacker can execute such a major cyber-hijack with such simple hacking tricks.
Attack: When All Started?
The attack was initiated by sending a mass emails to targeted companies public or generic addresses. The look and feel of email is very simple and a generic subject was used such as “Dear Sir/Miss”. The mass emails were sent to the entire addressee at the same time. Interestingly, the attack use Yahoo email account and it poses an impression as if the message is sent by a representative of “Aramco”, a Saudi based Oil and Gas Company. This email targeted the financial department of targeted company. On respond from the other side, the hacker tries to trick the targeted victim to reveal sensitive information such as bank account details. This leads to sending funds to anonymous users without permission. Experts say that they have noticed some kind of suspicious attachment with the email in the form of documents. According to “Check Point Securities”, the hacker use Netwire remote access Trojan and Hawkeye Keylogger.
According to “Check Point”, the hacker has attacked more than 4,000 organizations in a very less span of time. Some of the biggest targets were mining companies in Egypt, Transport companies in Abu Dhabi, Energy Solution companies in Croatia, Construction companies in Dubai, Oil and Gas Companies in Kuwait, Construction firm of Germany. The cyber-criminals have made thousands of dollars by attacking banking sectors, manufacturing industry and so on.
Thankfully, the hacker was not intact in the personal operation security. Cyber-experts have identified the real person behind all these chaos and hacks. The culprit is a man in mid—20s living in the capital city of Nigeria.