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Source: arsTechnica - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Hacks/Cracks IT security experts have long loved to troll through hacker forums to gather intelligence on emerging threats and even (as in the ill-fated case of HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr) try to profile the hackers themselves. But as a report from IT security firm Imperva shows, many of the so-called hacker portals out there are more hangouts for newbie hackers (and possibly a few budding FBI informants) looking at how to get started in the game. In its fifth entry of its series of “Hacker Intelligence Initiative” monthly trend reports, Imperva provided a detailed analysis of the types of conversations and information being passed around in one of these portals. By monitoring conversations on these public sites, the report suggests, IT professionals can get clues on what vulnerabilities hackers are attacking, technical insight into their tools and techniques, and a sense of the type of data being bought and sold. There may also be a hint or two about the direction to look in for future attacks (hint: it's mobile devices).

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