Serious Organized Crime Agency Suffers Distributed Denial-of-Service Attacks

Recently, U.K's Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) suffered DDoS attacks
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Albuquerque, NM ( June 21, 2011 - Albuquerque, NM, United States - Recently, U.K's Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) suffered cyber-attacks forcing the agency to temporarily disable the website. Security professionals at SOCA are investigating the security incident. An external agency hosts the website of the counter crime agency, and does not contain any data related to operational activities. Investigations have detected the attacks as distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), which results in heavy traffic to the website. Lulz Sec has claimed responsibility for the latest attack. The attack follows a declaration by the cyber-attack group of joining hands with 'Anonymous' to launch a flood of attacks on government bodies, banks and financial institutions. The latest campaign named as 'Anti Sec' aims at extracting and disclosing classified government files, data and e-mails. The cyber-attack group had reportedly urged other groups to join the campaign, extract government information and deface the websites with the word 'Anti Sec'.

Cyber-attackers exploit vulnerabilities and gain remote access to thousands of computer systems. Attackers then use the affected computers to launch a barrage of requests on the target websites. The multiple requests result in high Internet traffic, causing the website to slow or shut down. The attack hampers the services offered to regular users of the site. Regular monitoring of the Internet traffic may help in identification suspicious activity and blocking concerned Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.

Recent attacks on government and corporate bodies have brought to light lapses in IT security practices. Attackers exploit the security gaps on websites to gain access to confidential databases containing business information and personally identifiable data related to customers. Exposure of sensitive customer information allows cybercriminals to perpetrate different types of fraud. Attackers may use the revealed corporate information to launch more sophisticated attacks on computer systems and networks.

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Tag Words: u k, anti sec, anonymous, soca, ddos, cyber attack, security incident, lulz sec, remote access, ip address, internet, online degree
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