Pro-Islamic militant hacker groups boost
security company says
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Tuesday, 1st October 2002 - Pro-Islamic militant
hacker groups boost attacks security company says
Pro-Islamic hacker group Unix Security Guards increased its activity tenfold
in September to highlight the Palestinian cause and show solidarity with the
Arab world as tensions rise in regard to the US conflict with Iraq, according
to computer security firm mi2g.
USG made 207 attacks on corporate and government computer systems worldwide
in September, compared with 21 in August, mi2g said in a press release
Overall hacker attacks rose in the month, as well, the company said.
The number of attacks for September was 11,080, bringing the total for the
first nine months of 2002 to 42,185, a third greater than all of 2001.
"We have seen the close of the worst quarter
in terms of overt digital attacks and the financial market indices in over
a decade," said mi2g chairman DK Matai. "The
turmoil in both cases is in part being influenced by the rising threat of
armed conflict in the Middle East. There is no indication that the turbulence
and volatility has come to an end yet."
USG consists of five member sub-groups: rD, Inkubus, Egyptian|Fighter, hein
and ShellCode. They are located in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, mi2g
USG told mi2g in an e-mail statement that its aim is
"to show the world how our brothers are suffering in Iraq, Palestine,
etc and how Israel turned into some cold blooded killing machine[s]."
Recent messages left by USG on computer systems focus on criticism of US
and UK involvement in Iraq, condemnation of Israeli activities in the West
Bank and Gaza, and Indian involvement in Kashmir.
According to the security firm, the hackers tampered with data on online
systems, and created denial of service attacks, which slow or shut down computer
USG also claimed to penetrate Arab and Islamic sites with the goal of telling
site administrators how to make them less vulnerable.
Out of the 110 victim countries in September, the most attacked were the
US (5,299), Brazil (905), Denmark (532), the UK (478) and Germany (406). The
company did not provide data on attacks on Israeli computers.
mi2g defines overt digital attacks as being incidents when a hacker
group has gained unauthorized access to an online system and has made modifications
to any of its publicly visible components, such as a broadcast, service routine,
payment, data collection or print out.