that follows the tech and online world knows that the number of hacking attacks
greatly increased over the last year. The type of attack has changed from
mass spam type messages looking for anyone to fall victim to attacks that are
specifically targeted at a single site or group of users.
The attacks have been perpetrated against states, companies, and even the
Federal government in the United States. Some of the attacks have driven
government websites offline and many have resulted in the theft of data.
Top U.S. officials are calling for greater collaboration between nation states
in the defense and fight against cyber warfare.
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is warning that nations
are having a hard time coping with cyber attacks. Napolitano said, "Most
countries don’t even have a legal framework that really governs cyber. It is
such a new phenomenon in that regard so the legal systems – both domestic and
international – have not kept pace with the technological advances we have
Napolitano says that not only do countries need to accelerate their own
security protocols, but they also need to accelerate
their ability to cooperate. "I would have to say that we are
still at the nascent stage. There is no comprehensive international
framework," she said.
British defense secretary Dr. Liam Fox said that Britain is under constant
attack and that last year 1,000 potentially serious offensives against Britain
were foiled. Fox is calling for a "toolbox" of weapons that can be
used to complement the existing defenses Britain has deployed. The GAO has
called for the Pentagon to increase
training for cyber defense as well.
EweekEurope reports that a security report from Cisco that was
published recently wound that the targeted personalized attacks against
websites and groups are far more financially lucrative for the hackers. This is
cited as the reason why spam levels are falling and hacking attacks are
Nick Edwards, Director of Cisco's Security Technology Business Unit said,
"Personalised and targeted attacks that focus on gaining access to more
lucrative corporate bank accounts and valuable intellectual property are on the
rise. Law enforcement efforts are making mass spam attacks less appealing to
cybercriminals, who are thus spending more time and effort focusing on
different types of spearphishing and targeted attacks."