April 2, 2012 at 2:05 PM ET
Who says hackers can't be nice?
One group, MalSec, left a calling card on a security firm's website that decisively struck down its claim of being "the largest and most trusted full-service security and life-safety company in the Cayman Islands." But instead of rendering it useless, gave them pointers on how to fix their holes.
Hat tip to Ars Technica's Sean Gallagher for capturing a screengrab of MalSec's non-malevolent treatment of The Security Centre Ltd's vulnerabilities and its discovery of "previous security breaches."
The group, which claimed responsibility for hacking into the Nigerian Senate and posting members' passwords and usernames on Pastebin, tweeted about the Cayman defacement under "Malicious Security": "We aren't just madhakkars with no souls! That's for the gingerhackers. We see a hole we fix it. unless urlame."
If anything, it was a slap in on hand for that company to step up their game, which they seemed to do, as the site is back to normal.
Updated, 4:30 p.m. PT: In a statement released Monday, the company said there's "no reason" for the company or its clients to "be concerned about the recent threat from hackers we are taking the situation seriously as we consult with our IT company, web hosts and site designers." The attack was on the "home page of our offshore hosted website and not an attack on the company’s main server." Additionally, The Security Centre Ltd. said although it is "hard to imagine why a hacker would go to this much trouble to infiltrate the front page of our website without noticing we specialize in physical security (i.e., guarding services, residential and commercial electronic security systems) we can say that we were flattered to be chosen having now seen some of their previous successful targets."