Escalation in Politically Motivated Hacking
London, UK - 8th January 2002, 1400 GMT - The latest figures compiled
by the mi2g Intelligence Unit have shown that politically motivated hacking
has increased in 2001. The principal reasons cited for the overt hacking attacks
include intellectual challenge, disgruntled personnel, political motivation
(including ideological differences) and criminal activity.
Global Hot Spots
The China-Taiwan standoffs and the US-China spy plane incident in 2001 made
the .cn China domain and .tw Taiwan domain, two of the most defaced domains
after .com and together they accounted for just under 9% (2,653) of total
defacements for 2001. The domain .tw rose by 1,178% to 1,355 from 106 and
the .cn domain rose similarly by 1,326% to 1,298 from 91.
The number of Israeli domain (.il) defacements rose by 220% to 413 in 2001.
As the Palestinian Intifada continued many hack attacks on the Israeli domain
came from sympathetic hackers including attacks originating from predominantly
Islamic countries such as Egypt and Pakistan.
The number of web site defacements of Indian domains (.in) rose by 205%
to 250 and 300% for Pakistan (.pk) to 72 in 2001.
The UK Government domain .gov.uk experienced a 378% increase in web site
defacements to 43 from 9 in 2000. The UK organisations domain .org.uk rose
to 25 from 5 and the UK commercial domain .co.uk increased by 181% to 385
from 137. Many UK companies use the global .com domain and those statistics
are not specific to geography. Anti-capitalist protest, criminal activities
and anti-NATO sentiment were principally behind the attacks.
Dotcom (.com) domains accounted for nearly 30% (8,736) of all web defacements
(30,388) in 2001. They include both US and non-geography specific global entities.
The US government domain .gov experienced a 37% increase in web site defacements
to 248 from 181 in 2000. The US military domain .mil experienced a 128% increase
in web site defacements.
“Global web site defacement is indicative of
the general conflicts prevalent in the physical world. 2002 may be a year
in which politically motivated attacks, both physical and electronic, could
complement strikes from disgruntled employees and organised crime,” said
DK Matai, Chairman and CEO, mi2g.
Notes to Editors
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