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What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Hactivists?
05-02-2012, 12:55 PM
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What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Hactivists?
Quote:The specter of a hacktivist cyberattack is chilling to IT security pros, even though they don't consider the methods hackivists typically use the most worrisome. "They were really more concerned about the types of attacks and the data that is more the target of cybercrime and cyberespionage," said Harry Swerdlove, CTO of Bit9, the firm that surveyed the pros.

Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of IT pros believe their organizations will be the target of a cyberattack in the next six months, and three out of five (61 percent) say the attack will come from hactivists.

That was one of the findings in cybersecurity firm Bit9's annual security survey released last week.

What's surprising about the survey is the concern given to hacktivist attacks, Bit9 Chief Technology Officer Harry Sverdlove told TechNewsWorld -- "even though Anonymous and hacktivist-type attacks represent a minority of actual attacks."

Moreover, when the survey's questions began to get more specific, a different set of worries began to emerge. For example, when asked about the types of attacks that concerned them most, nearly half (45 percent) the IT pros said malware and 17 percent said spear phishing--both methods commonly used in attacks by cybercriminals and nation states.

By contrast, hacktivist attack methods received low concern rankings from the respondents. Only 11 percent were concerned about distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) and 4 percent by SQL injection assaults.

"Once we went a little deeper, they were really more concerned about the types of attacks and the data that is more the target of cybercrime and cyberespionage," Sverdlove noted...............................

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05-02-2012, 10:14 PM
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RE: What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Hactivists?
this article is interesting... its has three sentences about hacktivism and the rest is all about electronic warfare.

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