[ISN] Analysis of Defacement of Indian Web Sites

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Date: Fri Dec 13 2002 - 02:49:17 PST

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    Forwarded from: William Knowles <wkat_private>
    [Worth a looksee, at least the writer credits the sources of 
    information unlike many cyber-intelligence companies do.  - WK]
    Analysis of Defacement of Indian Web Sites 
    by K. N. Srijith
    This paper analyses publicly available reports of defacements of 
    Indian Web sites. The primary aim of the paper is to present the raw 
    information available as understandable statistical details. It also 
    discusses the trends in the defacement activities and tries to find 
    out the motive behind the defacement activities.
    The Internet, the worldwide network of interconnected machines, has 
    evolved over the last couple of years from a research project, to a 
    geek's medium, and into a common communication medium. Web sites have 
    been sprouting everywhere, creating an online presence for companies, 
    institutions, organisations and individuals. However, along with the 
    rise of Internet, there has also been a corresponding rise in the 
    number of Internet related thefts, fraud and system compromises. As 
    more and more bugs in server implementation are discovered, they are 
    promptly used to break into online systems and gain access to 
    restricted information.
    India is not an exception to this trend. As the number of Indian Web 
    sites has increased, so have the attacks directed against them. The 
    media and the security industry are slowly realising the extent of the 
    problem. It was felt that research needed to be done to gather 
    statistical and empirical information on the state and trends of 
    defacement activities targeted against Indian Web sites, as there has 
    not been any previously reported study or survey on this topic.
    Most of the information used in this paper is taken from Project India 
    Cracked [1], a Web project run by the author, that has been monitoring 
    defacement of Indian Web sites since the year 2000.
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    without communications is irrelevant." Gen Alfred. M. Gray, USMC
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