[ISN] Pro-Islamic hackers join forces

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Date: Thu Jun 20 2002 - 02:58:06 PDT

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    Wednesday, 19 June, 2002
    There is mounting evidence that individual hacker groups connected by
    a pro-Islamic agenda are working together to carry out hack attacks,
    say experts.
    Security firm mi2g says an alliance of anti-Israel, anti-US and
    anti-India groups are increasingly highlighting issues such as the
    Middle East conflict, the war on terrorism and the Kashmir stand-off
    as part of their destructive digital attacks.
    At the height of the tensions between Pakistan and India over Kashmir
    in May, two groups (Unix Security Guards and World Fantabulous
    Defacers) carried out a total of 111 digital attacks on Indian
    educational and business sites.
    Security firm mi2g said political and ideological motives were
    increasingly behind hack attacks.
    Digital tensions
    At a round table event in London to discuss the security threats in a
    post-11 September world, Chief Executive of mi2g, DK Matai, said
    hacktivism posed one of the biggest risks to business and government
    computer systems.
    "Political motivation is an increasingly rising factor in digital
    attacks," he told delegates at the forum.
    "The primary reason why web attacks are increasing is political
    tensions between Israel and Palestine, India and Pakistan and China
    and Taiwan."
    New viruses decreasing
    Israel has suffered a barrage of hack attacks since the start of the
    Palestinian uprising in September 2000.
    An Egyptian hacker group has said it is behind the action. It began
    its activities shortly after 11 September.
    Similar attacks happened during the Serbian conflict in 1999 when Nato
    and US Department of Defense networks were targeted by pro-Serbian
    Despite the gloomy picture, the total number of new viruses has
    actually been decreasing since a peak in 1997, according to mi2g.
    However, new viruses are causing more havoc because of the number of
    computers that are now networked together.
    "When one catches a cold the entire global organisation catches it,"  
    said Mr Matai.
    Hacktivist groups
    USG (Unix Security Guards) - an anti-Israel alliance responsible for
    87 overt attacks since May 2002
    WFD (World's Fantabulous Defacers) - a Pakistani alliance of 12 member
    groups responsible for 445 overt attacks since November 2000
    AIC (Anti-India Crew) - a Pakistani alliance founded in July 2001,
    responsible for 422 attacks to date
    "Communications without intelligence is noise;  Intelligence
    without communications is irrelevant." Gen Alfred. M. Gray, USMC
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