Beware, IT security terrorists are uniting to launch cyber attacks on national government websites. Two of the worlds most infamous hacking groups, Anonymous and Lulzsec have teamed up posting in Pastebin.com last weekend about their new joint campaign. They’ve called on individuals and groups to join in–they’ve named the venture Operation Anti-Security.
The group has already gotten to work. Lulzsec claimed responsibility for a cyber attack on the U.K.’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) Monday on Twitter saying…
“Tango down -soco.gov.uk – in the name of #AntiSec”
This is a disturbing trend that could have serious ramifications on the private sector as these groups are aggressively targeting organizations perceived to have lackluster IT security policies in place. During an interview, HyperVocal interviewed former hacker-turned-Internet security consultant Chris Hadnagy who says the current IT security climate is ripe for cyber hacking.
“Many companies look at IT security as something that has to be done, not something that adds direct benefit to the organization…the bare minimum is being done, and the result is there is still many instances of low hanging fruit for attackers…”
Now may be the time to perform an external IT security vulnerability assessment to determine your organization’s level of exposure to these types of risks.