Daily Archives: August 7, 2011

Chinese hackers spreading virus through HC replica websites in India?

Chinese hackers spreading virus through HC replica websites in India?

Source: PTI   |   Last Updated 14:13(07/08/11

New Delhi: Chinese hackers may be using websites similar to those of 19 high courts in the country to spread computer virus which can convert the user’s system into a virtual zombie, a security expert has claimed before the CBI.

Commander (Retd.) Mukesh Saini, former naval officer who is a cyber security consultant, brought the nefarious designs of these alleged hackers to the notice of Cybercrime wing of the CBI recently, which is looking into it.

In his report, Saini highlighted the modus operandi of these websites which have addresses similar to the original ones – for example Delhi High Court address is ‘http://delhihighcourt.nic.in’ while the phishing website address is ‘http://delhi.highcourt.in’.

“When we analysed the website script, we found that the server had a ‘.cn’ location. Also we found that script used in the website was a declared malware program. These sites are dangerous because even if a user accidentally accesses them, the malware spreads in his or her system.

“The program is designed in such a way that user’s system functions normally but hackers can use it to extract any information without the user knowing it,” he claimed. Also Read: BSNL website security breached by Pak Cyber Army

Such websites came to the notice of Saini, founder of cyber security firm ‘Xcyss’, when he was following a news report on an employment scam running through the fake website of Patna High Court. Further analysis revealed that there were identical websites of 19 high courts in the country.

The design of these replica websites was curious because it did not seek any information, such as financial details from the visitor, which prevents them of being suspicious.

When a detailed analysis of its program was done, it revealed that the purpose was allegedly to infect all the visitors of these sites and take remote control of the visitors of High Court websites which may include legal departments of government, advocates and litigants.

“It was an attempt to infect all the visitors of these sites and take remote control of the visitors of High Court websites, including police, CBI, legal departments of government, advocates and litigants,” Saini said.

He claimed that these sites were operating since 2006 and as per the records gathered by his firm, these sites were infecting Indian computers since January 2009.

“Hence, we thought it right to inform the authority concerned and seeing the transnational impact of this, I gave a report to the CBI which is examining it and would take action suitable under the law,” he said.



White House adviser slams S&P after U.S. downgrade – what else can he do ??

What else can he do ?? !!

White House adviser slams S&P after U.S. downgrade

White House senior economic adviser Gene Sperling speaks at the 2011 Fiscal Summit on Solutions for America's future in Washington May 25, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Reed

WASHINGTON | Sat Aug 6, 2011 9:45pm EDT

(Reuters) – A top White House economic adviser slammed Standard & Poor’s on Saturday for having stuck with its decision to downgrade the U.S. credit rating despite having made a $2 trillion mistake in its fiscal projections.

“The magnitude of their error combined with their willingness to simply change on the spot their lead rationale in the press release once the error was pointed out was breathtaking,” National Economic Council head Gene Sperling said in a statement.

“It smacked of an institution starting with a conclusion and shaping any arguments to fit it,” he said.

S&P, a major credit rating agency, cut the long-term U.S. credit rating by one notch from AAA to AA-plus on Friday on concerns about the government’s budget and rising debt burden.

The U.S. Treasury said the rating agency’s debt calculations were wrong by some $2 trillion. S&P has confirmed it changed its economic assumptions after discussion with the Treasury Department but said that did not affect its decision to downgrade.

A major theme in S&P’s analysis was the apparent breakdown in the ability of Republicans and President Barack Obama’s Democrats to govern effectively, as evidenced in the fractious negotiations leading to a last-minute debt limit deal that brought the United States to the edge of default.

(Reporting by Laura MacInnis; Editing by Eric Walsh)



Four Indians shot dead in Kuwait by a luny police officer

Four Indians shot dead in Kuwait

TNN Aug 6, 2011, 01.01am IST

HYDERABAD: Three workers from Andhra Pradesh and another Indian were killed when a police officer went on a shooting spree in three different locations in Kuwait on the first day of Ramzan on last Monday. The Indian embassy on Friday confirmed the deaths of the four Indians.

They were identified as Nallagutta Ramanaiah, Tokala Naresh Kumar, Masagiri Obul Reddy and Rambeem. All the four were shot dead by the mentally unsound officer of the ministry of interior, Hytam Al-Hazeri, who was later arrested by the security men.

While Naresh Kumar hailed from Naguvarivandlapalle village in Kadapa district, Ramanaiah belonged to Aggivaaripalle village in CM Kiran Kumar Reddy’s home district of Chittoor. Naresh went to Kuwait two years ago and is survived by wife Nagalakshmi and a one-and-a-half year old son. Ramanaiah went to Kuwait in search of job a year back. His wife Nageshwaramma is also working in Kuwait. The couple have three children.