'Relentless' pace of hack attacks

    Date24 Sep 2003
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3741
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The huge number of day-to-day attacks that websites suffer has been revealed with the aid of two fake banking sites. Over an eight-week period the two dummy websites, one with a firewall and one without, suffered thousands of attacks.. . . The huge number of day-to-day attacks that websites suffer has been revealed with the aid of two fake banking sites. Over an eight-week period the two dummy websites, one with a firewall and one without, suffered thousands of attacks.

    On average the unprotected website was attacked more than 2,000 times per week and the protected site more than 200 times.

    Many of the attacks were rated as "high risk" and, if the websites were real, could have seen data destroyed or important customer information stolen.

    The two dummy sites were set up by net provider PSINet and security firm PanSec International to demonstrate the relentlessness of online malicious hack attacks.

    The fake websites were made to look like they were operated by European banks. One was protected with a standard firewall but the other was left almost defenceless.

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