Re: [ISN] Pro-Islamic hackers join forces

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Date: Mon Jun 24 2002 - 02:36:14 PDT

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    At 04:58 20/06/2002 -0500, you wrote:
    >Forwarded from: William Knowles <wkat_private>
    >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
    >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
    >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
    Frankly I am not impressed by this report. It actually comes from a
    press release from Mi2g, designed to boost their sales. It is worth
    noting the mi2g also does what it calls 'political risk consulting'
    in addtion to information security type work.
    Yes there is politically motivated hacking going on, but for the most
    part this has, at best nuisance value to the target in the attacks
    that have happened to date. This for the most part is simple web
    vandalism, with different content and motivation, not a strategic
    weapon with significant impact on the conflict concerned.
    Simply put the kind of attacks that might have a significant effect
    on any conflict are beyond the organisational and strategic planning
    ability of the groups mentioned. This obviously should not encourage
    complacency, but the kind of scare mongering firms are resorting to
    to boost business is simply not helpful and in this case the BBC has
    gone for some low hanging scary fruit, which is pushing the limits of
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