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[infowar.de] Hacker hacken mittwochs
Riptech hat wieder festgestellt, dass die Anzahl der "internet
attacks" deutlich zugenommen hat. Zudem sei die grösste Zahl von
Angriffen stets mittwochs zu erwarten. Angriffe aus den
"Schurkenstaaten" haben nicht zugenommen.
Internet Attacks On Companies Up 28 Percent, Report Says
By Michael Barbaro
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, July 8, 2002; Page E05
Internet attacks against public and private organizations around the
world leapt 28 percent in the past six months, with most targeting
technology, financial services and power companies, according to an
industry report due out today.
The report, conducted by the Internet security firm Riptech Inc. of
Alexandria, indicated that the information backbone upon which many
countries rely remains vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
"The Internet is still an extremely dangerous place and attack activity
is increasing at a significant pace," said Elad Yoran, Riptech's
executive vice president.
The study tracked cyber-security breaches at more than 400 organizations
that Riptech monitors, including government agencies, private companies
and nonprofit groups, and found more than 180,000 successful Internet
attacks from January to June. There were only 160,000 attacks against
the same organizations during the previous six months.
The report's most startling findings point to the growing attraction of
large, critical service providers to hackers worldwide. Seventy percent
of the power and energy companies under review suffered at least one
severe attack during the first six months of 2002, according to the
report, compared with 57 percent for the previous six-month period.
There were 1,280 crimes against such firms, compared with 667 attacks on
health-care companies and 617 against those in manufacturing.
"In the hacker community, you are going to score more points for hitting
bigger companies," said Dorothy Denning, a Georgetown University
professor who specializes in security and information warfare. "There is
also an economic gain to going after the large financial services
targets -- they have the money."
Those who prey on computer networks are not spread uniformly around the
world. About 80 percent of cyber-crimes were launched from the same 10
countries, the report said. More than 40 percent of the 180,000 attacks
were conducted through computers in the United States. The report does
not indicate where the victims of the attacks were located.
Cyber-attackers appear to be busiest during the five-day business week.
The report shows attacks occurred most frequently Monday through Friday
and dropped off dramatically on the weekend when many of the world's
industries are closed. The most popular day for attacks, Riptech found,
The report shows no increased Internet threats from countries that the
U.S. government describes as sponsors of terror. But that does not mean
people in these states are not perpetrating cyber-crimes, the report said.
Tracking cyber-attacks inside Iraq, North Korea, Syria and Libya is
hampered by "primitive or non-existent Internet infrastructures" there,
the report stated. It is possible terrorists based in these countries
are launching attacks, Riptech's Yoran said, likely through host
computers located in other nations.
"But we have no way of finding out," he said. "They can use our
computers here in the U.S. to attack other U.S. companies."
Though the vast majority of attacks occurred in country's with wide
Internet access, hackers also are active in nations where the online
infrastructure is fledgling. Among such countries, the greatest number
of attacks originated in Kuwait, followed by Iran, according to the
report. But the actual number of security breaches begun in both nations
remains extremely small, less than 1 percent of all attacks calculated
in the report.
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