"Hacker crims plant fake news to discredit security researchers"
Criminal hackers hacked into a specialist news outlet to plant a fabricated story falsely suggesting security researchers Mikko Hypponen and Brian Krebs had been arrested after they were supposedly caught selling stolen credit card details.
The bogus "news item" on fraud-news.com this weekend claimed that Krebs and his "boyfriend" Hypponen had traded 1.5 million compromised accounts causing losses of $75m in the process while all the while operating as respected security researchers. The article included a photoshopped extract from an underground forum featuring a fabricated dialogue between Krebs (AKA BlazinKrabz) and Hypponen (AKA WhiteHippo) discussing the sale of stolen credit card numbers.
All these claims are entirely untrue. In reality the fake article is a modified version of a real article by Krebs he wrote four years ago for the Washington Post. The fake screenshot is based on a doctored extract from a real cybercrime forum, omerta.cc.
"Let me just state it for the record that I'm not arrested and I have not been involved in selling stolen credit cards," Hypponen said, adding that the suggestion of a romantic relationship between himself and Krebs is also codswallop. "I like Brian, but not like that," he writes.
The fake news item was indexed by Google and picked up by a few surfers as a result. Despite its implausibility Krebs and Hypponen have been obliged to set the record straight with a few individuals who took the story at face vale.
Continued : http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/13/hack_punts_bogus_cybercrime_story/