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London firms warned of Serbian cyberattack
By Felicity Ussher
"London's corporate servers risk attack from Serbian hackers"
April 09 1999, 0:25am - Security experts have warned that London's
corporate servers risk attack from Serbian hackers retaliating against Nato
air strikes. Until now, Serbian information warfare has been limited to government
and military targets, such as Nato email servers, which were brought down
ten days ago by hostile attacks.
But software consultancy, mi2g, has issued a general warning to corporate
IT directors, advising them to step up their level of security. mi2g
MD, Diwakar Matai, said: "There is a huge
vulnerability here. Most companies need a window of 24 or 48 hours to implement
their disaster recovery programs - and they only expect a single attack. They
are not used to the concept of a systematic attack."
The firm's claims are backed up by military and police sources, who say Serbian
hackers are already using viruses to attack US and UK businesses.
Matai claimed financial institutions and public services in London and the
US are being discussed as targets by computer hackers in Serbia and Russia.
He said he has privately contacted the specific companies he believes are
at risk from Serb-sponsored forces. mi2g's information comes from a
network of anonymous software engineers, who do penetration testing on the
But ICSA, a security agency which monitors hacker activity in the US, was
more sceptical. European director, Michael van Strein, said: "We haven't
seen any mention of this. You can't tell with hackers what is speculation
and what isn't." But van Strein conceded that defence-related businesses
could be at risk if the air strikes go on for more than a few weeks.
The Home Office said it would not comment on issues of national security.
For more information see mi2g's Web site at www.mi2g.com