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With all the damage hackers are capable of inflicting on your system, you might be under the impression that they're using the most sophisticated software tools on the planet. You'd be wrong, security experts say.
On the contrary, researchers claim that many of the malware kits out in the wild are filled with security holes, sort of a software version of Swiss cheese. And as it turns out, these same bugs can be used not only to identify who it is on the other side of the attack, but also to launch a counter-attack, researchers say.
There are some cyber criminals who code their own software, but the majority of them just go out and grab one of the many available malware kits. Laurent Oudot, a French security expert from Tehtri Security, took apart several of the more popular kits and found a bunch of loopholes he says are relatively easy to exploit, which would allow researchers to "hack the web hackers."
The downside? Doing so might "lead to legal issues," Oudot admits.
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