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Hackers released phished phisher kit

Netcraft has revealed the existence of an underground group which has launched a website (opens in new tab) dedicated to "phishing site code, email templates and other hacking tools."

The group behind the website is known as Mr-brain and originate from Morocco; they have published phishing kits for some of the most common targets such as Halifax, Paypal and HSBC and would appeal to would be criminals who do not have an in-depth knowledge of PHP or programming.

According to Netcraft, it takes approximately one minute to install one of those kits which make them ideal for mass phishing campaigns.

Mr Brain also boasts that none of its spam pages can be detected by Mozilla, Opera or Internet Explorer.

However, it is a matter of the phisher being phished as, instead of asking for money, Mr-Brain is sent a copy of all the information that the fraudster would be collecting using Mr-brain's kit.

The site, which can be easily found by using appropriate search strings, also proposes a list of social security numbers, credit card numbers and PINs.

French security website Zataz came across the website in June last year and it seems that Mr-Brain's venture was successful enough for them to start producing phishing kits en masse.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.