"Six months ago, hackers were launching pharming attacks more as a proof of concept than for profit," stated Lance Cottrell, president of Anonymizer Inc., a security product supplier. "Since they've proven pharming can be effective, there has been an increase in the level of activity associated with it."
March 23, 2005
Hackers shifting their focus to pharming
Author: Paul Korzeniowski
IT departments are engaged in an arms race with hackers: As soon as the former puts security mechanisms in place to thwart attacks, the latter launches new assaults. As corporations and users take steps to reduce phishing, a technique that relies on bulk email, embedded Web links, and bogus Web sites to perpetrate identity theft, hackers are turning their attention to pharming, which exploits security holes in peer-to-peer applications and the Internet's Domain Name Services (DNS).