Hackers Take On Scam Websites

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]

Hackers Take On Scam Websites

2 thoughts on “Hackers Take On Scam Websites

  1. I think its a great idea to tell you the truth. The thing is, the phishing sites are convincing, and they send convincing e-mails.

    I get them from “eBay” and “PayPal” all the time now, the only way I know that they are fake is from the IP in the address bar, and not the actual site.

    I have always been a fan of “White Hat” hackers. They are doing the jobs that need to be done, although illegal, they are doing what the law can’t do, and it sometiems works better than the law itself.

    That’s my $0.02



  2. frank says:

    Yep great idea
    if only more people would view the source and source header
    and do a who is to report them to their hosting domain it would make a big cut in scam email
    let me know where these hackers are, will gladly give them a list of bank scam sites that I have, or show me how to do it myself
    doesnt seem much good in sending reports to the real banks
    I reported a bank scam site to the domain hosting company
    and in 2 hours the site was closed down
    have sent email and proof to banks, and sites have stayed up


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