Following his own lead — that he was the target of a team of hackers annoyed by an article he wrote about a black market website that trades social security numbers — Krebs discovered that the attacks on his website were conducted by a hacker known as Phobia. Krebs explains that he believes Phobia is part of a four-person Xbox Live gamer team called Team Hype, which has a taste for hijacking Xbox Live Gamertags.
Then, though, Krebs managed to find a Twitter account linked to the attacker Phobia, and even dug out personal information about him — including his real name (Ryan Stevenson), address and phone number. Bad job, Phobia. Bad. Job. Anyway, Krebs then gave the guy a call, and the transcript makes for fascinating reading:
Krebs: I'm looking at a story in Wired magazine from Mat Honan about how his Apple iCloud account was hacked. Do you know this guy?
Ryan: Yeah, I used to.
K: Uh huh. And is Honan referring to you in this article?
R: Uh huh.
K: Did anything bad ever happen to you because of this?
K: So, this was your doing with the Mat Honan hack, but you say you would never use a site like a stresser or…
R: Yeah, I would never do that. That's stupid.
K: …or hack a reporter's account or launch a denial of service attack against a reporter, or SWAT his house….
K: So what's the point of hacking a reporter's iCloud account? Why'd you do that?
R: Just to prove a point that, like…the security is breachable.
Since Krebs published all this on his blog, a YouTube channel related to Phobia and Team Hype has been wiped clean, and Ars Technica has gone on the record as saying that Phobia may have masterminded a recent DoS attack on its servers. We heartily recommend you read Krebs' account in full — it's really very interesting. [Krebs via Mat Honan]
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