Angered by the growing number of Internet scams, online “vigilantes” have started to take justice into their own hands by hacking into suspected fraud sites and defacing them.
These hackers have targeted fake websites set up to resemble the sites of banks or financial institutions in recent weeks, and have inserted new pages or messages. Some say “Warning – This was a Scam Site” or “This Bank Was Fraudulent and Is Now Removed.”
While I can’t say that hacking is the best way to go about shutting down phishing sites, it’s probably the quickest way to stop them from gathering unsuspecting users’ information. It’s nice to know there are some people out there willing to do something about it, even if it means breaking in. Read the rest. [via]