Internet attacks on the rise

Internet attacks grew at an annualised rate of 64% between January and June this year. Security services company Riptech also reports that these attacks are coming from a small demographic of elite hackers.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  July 9, 2002

Internet attacks grew at an annualised rate of 64% between January and June this year, according to security services company Riptech. However, the company also reports that these attacks are coming from a small demographic of elite hackers, which comprises less than 1% of all cyber assailants. Apparently, the behaviour of these hackers is marked by a high number of attack signatures, extended attack durations and a reduced number of targets.

Furthermore, the Riptech report suggests that smoke screen attacks are becoming more common. For example, the company found that a small percentage of Code Red attacks originated from Unix systems, which is technically impossible.

“This finding raises concern about known attack complacency and the potential vulnerability posed by emerging smoke screen attack strategies,” says the company’s web site.

Derived from a sample set of more than 400 companies in over 30 countries throughout the world, the Riptech Internet Security Threat Report also found public companies are twice as likely to experience at least one severe attack and twice as likely to suffer a highly aggressive attack than private, non-profit, and government entities combined. It also reports that 80% of all attacks originate from only 10 countries.

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