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15-Year old Hacker Sought Notoriety

by skathuria on ‎06-04-2012 01:00 PM

While hacking websites for financial gain continues to be a growing trend, hacking for notoriety has not ceased. A recent case in point is a story released on ZDNET about a 15-year old boy in Austria who hacked into 259 companies over a 90-day period. Upon being caught by the police, he reportedly admitted fault, citing a combination of boredom and desire to prove his skills as motivation for his activity.


Authorities stated that the suspect scanned the Internet for vulnerabilities and bugs in websites and databases that he could then exploit. He used various hacking tools widely available on the Internet, including software that helped him remain anonymous. However, it was this very software that ultimately stopped working and revealed the perpetrator’s IP address to Austria’s Federal Criminal Police Office’s C4 (Cyber Crime Competence Centre) unit, which arrested the teenager.


Unfortunately, the damage had already been done. All that the affected companies can do in retrospect is review the software code for their website, search for the vulnerabilities and remediate them. However, all of this requires time and money. To make matters worse, in certain cases, it may not be possible to remediate the code, such as if it was developed by a third party and the original developers aren’t accessible to make changes.


The victim companies could have benefitted from a security solution that detected the would-be hacker while he was interfacing with the Web site and stopped him cold in his tracks. Such a solution is available from Mykonos Software, a Juniper Networks company. Mykonos Web Security uses an industry unique approach that thwarts an attack literally as it begins. Mykonos detects, tracks, profiles and prevents hackers in real-time. Once deployed alongside the company’s web server(s), Mykonos Web Security works around the clock detecting and preventing attackers. It’s not creating log-files for the security administrator to review to find an attacker. It simply tells how many attackers it detected and what countermeasure response was applied. It’s a security device that works continuously as part of the security team even while the latter is not actively engaged with (e.g., monitoring) the website, which may provide greater peace of mind.


For further information, contact the Mykonos Sales team.


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