War-Related Web Site Attacks Reported
According to two reports, thousands of Web site defacements and denial-of-service attacks have been launched since the start of the US/Iraq war.Two reports making the roundsone from the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) and one from Finnish security company F-Secureclaim that there have been a high volume of Web-site defacements since the US/Iraq war began. The targets are military, government, and business sites, according to the stories. The report from OSAC says, "The start of the military campaign against Iraq triggered a wave of digital attacks. These digital attacks are causing business disruptions through online vandalism of commerce portals and computers belonging to businesses. Government and military systems are also being targeted but in smaller numbers."
It continues, "Sources that watch the hacker community closely report about 2,500 defacements per day since Friday, 21 March 2003. Sites related to the American military have, as expected, been subject to attack. But the increased hacking activity is in no way limited to the nations directly involved in the war. Sites in any country can be subject to attack as the hackers seek maximum publicity for their protest. Many of the web defacements have an anti-war message, but some have direct anti-USA or anti-Iraq slogans."