Phishing to manuscripts: book industry is rating for attacking series

Phishing to manuscripts: book industry is rating for attacking series

Authors, agents and book publishers in several states have been a strange phishing campaign for several years, which not only represents them before Ratsel. This reports the New York Times, citing experience reports from several people concerned. Accordingly, the unknowns to travel with extremely well-made emails to manuscripts from unavailable beers, but not only of world-famous bestselling authors, but also of many lesser-known writers. A black market for the texts is difficult to imagine. At the same time, the unknown attackers have apparently very good knowledge of the publishing industry and the processes that are done before the publication of a book.

Phishing with insider information

The New York Times explores the attacks based on the experiment with which the attackers were looking for a manuscript of a not yet finished novel of the US writer James Hannaham. Two days after the acquisition of the book Hannaham has received an e-mail that seemed to come from his editor. In it he was asked for the sending of the manuscript. Just because he did not answer directly, but sent a new mail from another mail account, the phishing attempt had noticed at all. Just like other these phishing mails, this was very well done. In some cases, information was also made to information that are not publicly known.

What exactly the goal of the attacker is, about the affected people, writes the US newspaper. So for the manuscript of authors with a few or a publication, no financial value is conceivable. At the same time, no one of the captured texts has arisen somewhere in the Darknet, as soon as it has happened, for example, in captured series sequences. That had been asked for an explosive attempt. At present, it is speculated that they were able to stuck individuals behind them, who deserve their money with the sale of rights for films. In this industry, a supreme access to information is worth money. Really convincing this explanatory attempt does not sound.

The New York Times points out that for the attacks became obviously a quantifiable effort. Otherwise the methods of attackers are quite tested and phishing, as it is observed again and again. Although it has been the mysterious phising-mails for at least three years, but their number has increased massively in the fall. For the authors and authors, the attacks are quite austerable. After all, the texts are about unfinished works, where there is still a lot of work necessary until they are to be presented to the openness. "I did not like anyone’s wife how bad are my first dewurfe", Says about James Hannaham.

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