Attack Structure Exposes Amateurism of Vaza Jato Hackers Accessing Telegram Messages

The Federal Police estimates that during the Vaza Jato scandal over one thousand cell phones were attacked, with more than 5,000 malicious calls made by the same VoIP provider. Over-targeting and lack of technical diversity are not traits of skilled hackers.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - According to specialists, cyberattacks can be broken down into two categories: bulk hacking events, which are a sort of "retail" hacking, and customized hacking attacks, tailored for each target.

Tailored attacks demand creativity and technique, because the intruder is required to examine as much as possible in relation to the target to find the most effective way of attacking it and, if needed, develop new techniques to carry out the attack.

On the other hand, specialized knowledge plays a minor role in "retail" hacking: learning a formula and being bold (or foolish) in using the same . . .

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