Hacker groups declare war on US.gov

A record number of malicious hacking attempts were made this month, and anti-American groups are responsible.

So says Mi2g, the London-based security consultancy, which notes that US government on-line computers belonging to the House of Representatives, Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, National Park Service, NASA and the US Geological Survey were attacked in September.

According to Mi2g, malicious hacker groups such as S4t4n1c_S0uls, USG, WFD, EgyptianHackers, Arab VieruZ, MHA, The Bugz and FBH, as responsible for many anti-Israeli and anti-Indian attacks, as well as the US targets.

Mi2g has recorded 9,011 digital attacks to date in September, following previous record highs of 4,904 and 5,830 recorded in July and August of this year, compared with 3,499 and 2,820 for the same months last year. September 2001 saw a huge decline in malicious hacking activity with just 816 attacks recorded. This fall is attributed to the aftershock surrounding 911.

This month, US-registered domains suffered the most, with 4,157 attacks, well ahead of the number two nation on the list Brazil which suffered 835 attacks. The UK, Germany and India were next most popular targets, with less than 400 attacks each.

News source: The Reg

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