Jun 24 2008
According to HC360.com, with the end of Chinese college entrance exams (高考) and the start of registration, parents and students need to protect their online information from hackers. The warning explains that while the internet contains a lot of relevant information about registration, it also has risks.
Digital Security Laboratories (sucop.com) is reminding parents of the students taking the exams to increase their vigilance and prevent incidents with hackers before they occur. They list several methods the hackers commonly use to get information from the students:
1) The underground hacker industrial chain uses information on the college entrance examination in order to disseminate trojans and viruses. The article further explains that this element of the underground economy is already in place and fully developed. People engaged in this type of activity are highly adept at using social engineering to manipulate large-scale events such as the Olympics, disasters, entrance exams…etc. They used the information collected from online users for their own financial benefit.
2) The underground transaction website: Online registration is now very common and some websites publicly advertise that the can alter student records, household registration and achievements. This is just a way to cheat parents and students out of their money.
3) Some phishing websites are even a greater danger: The hackers use these phishing websites to post false information and disrupt the registration process of the college. They also solicit enrollment expenses from the students that do not exist. Furthermore, they also use the site, combined with the methods mentioned above to get the student information to resell. Hacker have also used loopholes in the college registration sites to blackmailed students by tampering with the data they entered on the online form.
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