[ISN] Pro-Islamic militant hacker groups boost attacks security company says

From: InfoSec News (isnat_private)
Date: Thu Oct 03 2002 - 00:20:44 PDT

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    Oct. 1, 2002
    Pro-Islamic hacker group Unix Security Guards increased its activity 
    tenfold in September to highlight the Palestinian cause and show 
    solidarity with the Arab world as tensions rise in regard to the US 
    conflict with Iraq, according to computer security firm mi2g. 
    USG made 207 attacks on corporate and government computer systems 
    worldwide in September, compared with 21 in August, mi2g said in a 
    press release issued Tuesday. 
    Overall hacker attacks rose in the month, as well, the company said. 
    The number of attacks for September was 11,080, bringing the total for 
    the first nine months of 2002 to 42,185, a third greater than all of 
    "We have seen the close of the worst quarter in terms of overt digital 
    attacks and the financial market indices in over a decade," said mi2g 
    chairman D.K. Matai. "The turmoil in both cases is in part being 
    influenced by the rising threat of armed conflict in the Middle East. 
    There is no indication that the turbulence and volatility has come to 
    an end yet." 
    USG consists of five member sub-groups: rD, Inkubus, Egyptian|Fighter, 
    hein and ShellCode. They are located in the Middle East and Eastern 
    Europe, mi2g said. 
    USG told mi2g in an e-mail statement that its aim is "to show the 
    world how our brothers are suffering in Iraq, Palestine, etc and how 
    Israel turned into some cold blooded killing machine[s]." 
    Recent messages left by USG on computer systems focus on criticism of 
    US and UK involvement in Iraq, condemnation of Israeli activities in 
    the West Bank and Gaza, and Indian involvement in Kashmir. 
    According to the security firm, the hackers tampered with data on 
    online systems, and created denial of service attacks, which slow or 
    shut down computer systems. 
    USG also claimed to penetrate Arab and Islamic sites with the goal of 
    telling site administrators how to make them less vulnerable. 
    Out of the 110 victim countries in September, the most attacked were 
    the US (5,299), Brazil (905), Denmark (532), the UK (478) and Germany 
    (406). The company did not provide data on attacks on Israeli 
    mi2g defines overt digital attacks as being incidents when a hacker 
    group has gained unauthorized access to an online system and has made 
    modifications to any of its publicly visible components, such as a 
    broadcast, service routine, payment, data collection or print out.
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