Hackers have created a fake tool especially designed to exploit the laziness of the most clueless and unskilled phishing fraudsters. The fake tool poses as a utility that scours the net for fraudulent sites and pilfers any login credentials that victims might have entered, making them available to crooks who had nothing to do …
You have to admire them
They have identified a market. Think about it - say 10^8 phishing emails get sent out, 10^5 have some success, 10^3 have some real success - it's been a great deal of work. Whoever is doing this has identified a prime opportunity to use someone else's hard work and grab the dosh. And they don't deserve it anyway in any moral way.
Must be applauded (in some sense).
Surely gets even funnier then? Presuming any funniness at all, natch.
Was the balaclava in question RED and worn by a Frenchman? Wondering because it seems there are more gaming connections there than El Reg may have realized at first.
"a humorously confusing mess of bad people hitting each other in the face with bricks"
That mental image just made my day a whole lot more fun. Thank you! :)
It's got teeth.
That I should feel sorry for some party involved in or affected by this pernicious bit of software, but for the life of me I cannot figure out who this party is.
That would be the one guy affected by all this
who isn't phishing someone else - the guy who now has his credentials in the hands of 3 to 5 phishers. Although there is the distinct possibility he was trying to scam someone too.
The "Chopper" Reid business model.
Why steal from honest people (most of whom don't have *that* much money) when you steal from dishonest people who are likely to have more (and have a lot more trouble going to the police).
And here's me expecting some device that would help the Japanese with their 'Cetacean Research' in the Southern Ocean
Penguin, 'cos they live in the Southern Ocean too.
It's much easier to steal from thieves
...because it's always easy to steal from people who believe in "get rich quick". That's how the shell game and 'find the lady' work.
I don't see much future in this, though, because if your marks aren't making money, then how can you steal it?
Easy, 1 for you and 99 for me. If you give the thief 1% of the data instead of 100%, how are they going to know they're getting ganked?
Nothing new under the sun
Big fleas have little fleas,
Upon their backs to bite 'em,
And little fleas have lesser fleas,
and so, ad infinitum.
And the great fleas, themselves, in turn
Have greater fleas to go on;
While these again have greater still,
And greater still, and so on.
You may be a small fish in a big pond, or a big fish in a small pond, ...
... but chances are you're just in a bigger fish.