Hacked bank server hosts phishing sites

Criminals appear to have hacked a Chinese bank's server and are using it to host phishing sites targeting customers of eBay and a major U.S. bank.

Criminals appear to have hacked a Chinese bank's server and are using it to host phishing sites to steal personal data from customers of eBay and a major U.S. bank., according to Internet services company Netcraft.

It may be the first scheme that uses one bank's infrastructure to exploit another bank, said Paul Mutton, an Internet services developer for Netcraft.

A user of Netcraft's free phishing toolbar reported receiving a suspicious e-mail, Mutton said. The e-mail led to phishing sites located in hidden directories on a server with IP (Internet protocol) addresses belonging to the Shanghai branch of China Construction Bank, a state-owned bank with more than 14,000 branches.

One of the phishing sites offered customers of Chase Bank, part of JPMorgan Chase & Co., a chance to receive US$20 for filling out a survey. The survey asked for the user's ID and password so the money could be deposited. Further, it requested the person's bank card number, PIN, card verification number, mother's maiden name and their U.S. Social Security number, Netcraft said.

The submitted data is then apparently send to a form processing server in India, Netcraft said.

The site pulls images and style sheets from Chase Bank's Web page. The method is known as "hot-linking" or "bandwidth leeching," Netcraft said. But it also leaves a trail, as the server where the images are pulled from retains of log of IP addresses of computers that requested the images, Mutton said.

There doesn't seem to be any advantage to the phishers in using a bank to host the fake page, which doesn't appear as a secure site to the browser. The URL of the site appears as an IP address rather than Chase Bank's domain name, another suspicious indicator.

On Saturday, Netcraft also found a fraudulent eBay login page with an IP address registered to the Chinese bank.

The fake eBay page carried a VeriSign seal, which is supposed to take visitors clicking on it to a page on Verisign Inc.'s site vouching for the security of the site. However, the seal used vouches for the security of an entirely different site.

China Construction Bank may be unaware that someone has exploited a security vulnerability on their server, Mutton said. It's also possible the server is infected with a worm that may be allowing unauthorized access, he said.

The scam could also be an inside job. "Anyone who has access to a server either authorized or unauthorized could have done it," Mutton said.

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