Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Not Even the Pope's Safe From Hacktivism?

So our friends from Anonymous are at it again. This time taking down www.vatican.va and other Catholic church related sites. They stated the reason behind the site take-down as follows: "Anonymous decided today to besiege your site in response to the doctrine, to the liturgies, to the absurd and anachronistic concepts that your for-profit organization spreads around the world," the hackers said in an Italian-language statement that "This attack is not against the Christian religion or the faithful around the world but against the corrupt Roman Apostolic Church." This news comes today after failing to DDoS the site over the summer http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2400842,00.asp. More importantly this serves as a lesson to all organizations that have a web presence. Anyone on the internet is vulnerable to a hacktivist attack at any moment. Many of these attacks are done for the LULZ or for a political reason. Many organizations can unknowingly cause the attention of a hacktivist group by doing something that seems innocent to them at the time. Companies might support, fund or defend an idea or group that the hacktivists find offense and because of this affiliation your organization could be in the hacktivists cross-hairs. There's really no way to protect yourself from hacktivists, keeping a layered defense is your only chance at staying afloat. Good luck.

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