[ISN] 'Deceptive Duo' Strikes Again

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Date: Mon May 06 2002 - 00:30:13 PDT

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    By Dennis Fisher 
    May 3, 2002
    The Deceptive Duo, a Web defacement crew that has struck several
    government and banking sites in the last week, on Thursday defaced a
    site belonging to Gartner Inc., an IT research firm. As of 4:45 p.m.  
    EDT Thursday, the site located at http://asiapac.gartner.com/press was
    still displaying the defacement.
    Gartner, based in Stamford, Conn., conducts research and analysis on
    various segements of the high-tech industry. As such it makes a
    high-profile, if somewhat odd, target. The Deceptive Duo has until now
    attacked mainly U.S. government and banking sites as part of a
    campaign that the pair says is aimed at alerting officials to the
    inherent vulnerability of the country's IT infrastructure.
    In its defacement, the pair mocked the kind of pronouncements that
    Gartner and other research firms make their living with. "Many recent
    cyberattacks could have been avoided if enterprises were more focused
    on their security efforts, but users seem not to learn from their
    mistakes," reads a line at the top of the site, which is attributed to
    Richard Mogull, a Gartner research director. The line appears to be
    taken from a U.K. trade publication that is paraphrasing Mogull's
    conclusions in a recent research report.
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