Researcher: Tools Will Help Personalize ID Theft by 2010

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2007-04-19 Email Print this article Print

A well-known security expert demonstrates a framework at the CanSecWest conference that makes it easier for criminals to steal identifying data.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia—Hackers with scrounged-up data ask the same question as dogs who've caught the school bus: What do we do with it now?

Roelof Temmingh has the answer, at least for rogue hackers, in the form of a framework that makes identity theft a much easier proposition. The framework, which is in the early stages of development, is called Evolution. Temmingh, a security expert who's authored well-known security testing applications such as Wikto and CrowBar, demonstrated Evolution during his opening presentation here at the CanSecWest security conference on April 18.

Evolution works by feeding on disparate identifying data such as name, e-mail address, company, word or phrase, and Web site—or the hacker's version of that, which would translate to IP address, virtual hosts, Netblocks/AS routes, affiliations (with social sites such as LinkedIn, MySpace, Facebook, and so on), forward and reverse DNS-MX/NS records, Whois records/rWhois and referring registrars, Google, and microformats including, for example, vCards.

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Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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