Thursday, December 30, 2010

In the never-ending battle of wits, on-line retails enhance safeguards after Wikileak attacks

This from the FBI's Infragard alert:

16. December 27, London Telegraph – (International) Online stores insure against cyberhacking after Wikileaks protest. Online retailers will be offered insurance against cyber-hacking following the recent attack by supporters of Wikileaks. IMRG, a trade body in England, will provide protection against politically-driven “denial of service” attacks that threaten Britain’s 57.8 billion pound online shopping industry. It follows the targeting of payment services PayPal, Visa and Mastercard earlier in December by “hacktivists” who accused them of bowing to U.S. pressure to hinder the release of embarrassing diplomatic cables. Amazon was also attacked because it had removed Wikileaks information from its servers. Christmas shopping was not disrupted, but the movement behind the attacks, calling itself Anonymous, said it would mount similar campaigns in the future. A member of the online security organization ISACA and chief executive of security consultants First Base Technologies, said: “Politicallymotivated denial of service is a new threat to online retail because previously the threat has only been from criminals.” Source: insure-against-cyber-hacking-after-Wikileaks-protest.html

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