Hacking phishing sites

Call them modern Robin Hoods, hackers who use their skills to take down Web sites used in phishing scams. Several sites that at one point hosted fraudulent Web pages designed to trick users into giving out personal data have been defaced, according to Netcraft, an Internet services company in Bath, England.

The hackers replaced the phishing sites with a warning page. Netcraft has posted several screenshots of purported defaced phishing sites.

Phishing sites often are hosted on hacked Web servers. It appears the defacers used the same server weaknesses that were exploited by the phishers to remove the phishing Web sites.

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