Report: Cyberattacks at all-time high
by George V Hulme (InformationWeek), © 2002
Cable News Network LP, LLLP
Thursday, 26th September 2002 - Cyberattacks have reached an all-time
high this month, digital risk-management company mi2g Ltd. says. The company,
which has tracked attacks since 1995, says it has spotted 9,011 overt digital
attacks so far this month, a sharp increase from the 5,830 attacks spotted
in August and 4,094 (sic) in July.
According to the report, Internet domains registered within the United States
are under the most fire, with 4,157 successful attacks. That's considerably
higher than the 835 attacks against Brazilian domains, 376 against Germany,
and 285 against India.
The report says that "rising antagonism
across the digital world against the U.S." may be partly
to blame for the recent surge. According to mi2g, U.S. government computers
for the House of Representatives, Department of Agriculture, Department of
Education, National Park Service, and Goddard & Marshall Space Flight
Centers were attacked this month.
Many experts say that as tensions in the Middle East escalate and if the
United States attacks Iraq, American interests online will become targets
of politically motivated attacks.
Palestinian and Israeli hackers have been battling it out online since early
2000, after peace talks collapsed. Shortly after the terrorist attacks last
year, some U.S. hacking groups said they would attack Internet domains within
Afghanistan and Pakistan, although the number of cyberattacks dropped precipitously
after Sept 11, 2001.
According to mi2g's report, attacks in September 2001 plummeted to
816 from 2,820 in August 2001.
Also in 2001, Chinese hackers threatened to attack and did attack certain
U.S. Internet interests following the death of Chinese pilot Wang Wei when
his fighter jet collided with a U.S. spy plane.