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Wednesday, 06 June 2012 07:23
Written by Jacqueline Lües
Hacktivism – hacking into an organisation’s site and data to make a point – is on the rise, said Bevan Lane, director at Infosec Consulting.
The worrying thing about this is that it’s increasingly widespread, and hacktivist groups appear to have succeeded in accessing all their targets.
Lane added that many of the high-profile hacks committed in recent months appear to have been committed by groups who feel they are taking the moral high-ground. The target organisation may suffer serious reputational and financial damage as a result, said Lane.
“Organisations must have plans in place. There’s a need for security professionals, corporates and IT to come together to prepare contingency plans, conduct risk assessments and make action plans to mitigate damage. We should be asking: ‘If they were to attack us today, would they be able to get information from us, and how could we avoid embarrassment?’”
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