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Hmei7 Hacker Has a New Crush on Cars

Is this commercial warfare?

Known for his attack on IBM in early 2011, Hmei7 has hit several Web sites belonging to car manufacturers and dealers this month. The list of hacked and defaced pages includes regional branches or distributors of brands such as Citroen, Fiat, Subaru, Volvo or Toyota.

Figure 1 – Toyota local Web site defacement

Figure 2 – Fiat500 local Web site hacked

The reason behind the attacks remains unknown, as the hacker didn’t mention anything on the defaced pages, except the week security of the compromised Web sites. Although one could argue that the attacks may be related to commercial espionage or cyber warfare, the list of victims points more toward different ends, such as conducting recon missions in the automotive industry and market or preliminary testing of some hacking tools.

Safe surfing everybody!

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Răzvan LIVINTZ

With a humanities passion and background (BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest) - complemented by an avid interest for the IT world and its stunning evolution, I joined in the autumn of 2003 the chief editors' team from Niculescu Publishing House, as IT&C Chief Editor, where (among many other things) I coordinated the Romanian version of the well-known SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. In 2005 I accepted two new challenges and became Junior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters (to quote U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming") and Lead Technical Writer at BluePhoenix Solutions.

After leaving from BluePhoenix in 2008, I rediscovered "all that technical jazz" with the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender, the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Here I produce a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases. Every now and then, I enjoy scrutinizing the convolutions of e-criminals' "not-so-beautiful mind" and, in counterpart, the new defensive trends throughout posts on www.hotforsecurity.com.

Balancing the keen and until late in night (please read "early morning") reading (fiction and comparative literature studies mostly) with Internet "addiction", the genuine zeal for my bright and fervid students with the craze for the latest discoveries in science and technology, I also enjoy taking not very usual pictures (I'm not a pro, but if you want to see the world through my lenses, here are some samples http://martzipan.blogspot.com), messing around with DTP programs to put out some nifty book layouts and wacky t-shirts, roaming the world (I can hardly wait to come back in the Big Apple), and last but not least, driving my small Korean car throughout the intricacies of our metropolis's traffic.

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