Hackers descend upon defense website (2)

08:55, November 19, 2009      

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Attacks not uncommon

Chinese information-security experts suggested that hackers' attacks on official websites worldwide are not uncommon.

"Important Web portals all over the world are likely to fall victim to hacker attacks," Tang Lan, an expert in information security at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, told the Global Times.
She said the Pentagon and Capitol Hill websites are not exempt from hacker attackers either.

The computer system of the US Department of Defense receives up to 21,124 attacks per year, and the department has to spend more than $30 billion annually on network security, according to reports.

Ministry officials categorize hackers in three main groups; military aficionados, people with ulterior motives seeking military secrets, and people simply showing off their hacking skills.

Tang said the ministry's website is likely to be attacked by individual hackers who do so just for fun.

Her words were echoed by a hacker named Evil Octal, the creator of the Evil Octal Security Team, a public security website.

"In my view, hackers try to invade the website just for fun and show off their proficiency," he said.

"Apparently, the website does not include any secret documents concerning China's national security," he added.

Foreign organizations are also likely to attack the website to disrupt its operation for political reasons, and many just try to test the website' s security system, Tang said.

Li Daguang, a professor at the PLA University of National Defense, said hackers who choose to attack the website to vent their discontent do so unreasonably.

Song Shengxia and Liang Chen contributed to this story

Source: Global Times
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