Groups and individuals being dubbed as Internet vigilantes are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to phishers and their phishy sites, and are using their hacking powers for good (they would argue) by hacking into phishing sites and defacing and mutilating them in some fashion so as to make clear that they are not what they purport to be but are, in fact, phishing sites.
One such example is a Paypal clone site, which was hacked and altered by someone calling themselves “sickophish” (get it? Sick o’ phish? Or, perhaps, Sicko Phish – either way it works). Mr. Phish hacked into the Paypal spoof site, replaced the front page with a page reading “WARNING – THIS WAS A SCAM SITE” and signing off with “site killed courtesy of sickophish.”
Elsewhere, a group calling themselves the Lad Wrecking Crew redecorated a phishing site which spoofed a NatWest Bank site. The Lad Wrecking Crew, or “LWC,” even maintains a Web site from which you can download pages to use in your own…
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