'Overwhelming' increase in hack attacks

    Date18 Jul 2003
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3286
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Hackers using well-known vulnerabilities are "overwhelming" companies and remote working will make matters worse, security vendor Internet Security Systems (ISS) has warned. The vendor's Internet Risk Impact Summary Report for the second half of this year predicts that hackers will target . . . Hackers using well-known vulnerabilities are "overwhelming" companies and remote working will make matters worse, security vendor Internet Security Systems (ISS) has warned. The vendor's Internet Risk Impact Summary Report for the second half of this year predicts that hackers will target people using broadband access for home offices, wireless technologies, and file sharing and messaging applications. This increased risk is said to be a result of corporate laptops and workstations being used outside the organisation on home-based broadband networks.

    While FTP and HTTP are still among the top 10 attack destinations, attacks have decreased on these ports by an average of 46 per cent and 96 per cent respectively over the last year and a half.

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