On of my clients was hacked the other day – well, when I say ‘Hacked’ I mean that they had someone go onto their PC without authorisation.
In fact they were not hacked as such, but their old IT guys had left a HUGE security hole in their system for ‘convenience’ – NEVER a good idea! What a stupid thing to do!!
This was then exploited (as you might expect), and some stuff was ordered via their online accounts (Amazon etc…).
Once the person was into the network they garnered more information from the connected PCs and tried to order stuff with the accounts that were on other PCs.
Fortunately the clients mum called her to ask about an email that popped up (at 04:00 in the morning!) and the client caught the person dialled in to the PC and dumped the connection – she then managed to check the history of the intruder and contact the people that things were ordered from.
It’s looking like she was spectacularly lucky!! The people who were contacted have stopped the orders and things are looking like going back to normal – with the exception of come cancelled cards that is!
This could so easily have been much much worse.
In this case it’s looking lots like some clown connected to the machine and simply used the existing details on the PC to order stuff – its a good thing too – a more savvy intruder would have left all sorts of Trojans and back-doors so he/she could simply walk back in later and do the same again, with the new cards and accounts etc…
Suffice to say the fraud squad are doing their thing…
I’ve done a complete scan and clean up and am as sure as I can be that there is nothing left in the wake – I think the interruption stopped any long term damage happening.
I guess the moral is that you never know just how secure you are – you can only do the best you can, and hope it never happens…
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