Analysis of information collected by CERT-In, a government
agency which monitors and responds to computer security incidents
in the country, has revealed that a total of 1981 Indian websites
were defaced in the first three months of 2010.
While 570 websites were defaced in January 2010, 510 websites
were defaced in February 2010. This number peaked to 901 websites
in March 2010. Website defacements usually involve hackers
substituting the original page of a website by a page that has a
message conveying a specific agenda.
Out of the 1981 Indian websites defaced, 1263 belonged to the
domain name .in, while 587 belonged to the domain .com.
“These statistics represent just the tip of the iceberg, as
hacking today has gone beyond mere defacing to malware injection
and stealing of data. This total does not represent the total
number of hacking incidents – as most of them go
unreported,” says KK Mookhey, Principal Consultant and
Founder, Network Intelligence India.
Mookhey believes that most of the website defacements are done
either by script kiddies or by hackers who have a specific agenda.
“The real hackers are after information, and they would never
bring attention to themselves by defacing websites,” explains
Source : CERT-In
For Indian organizations, these statistics should serve as a
wake up call. The script kiddies of today are testing out their
attacks by conducting test runs such as website defacements.
Tomorrow, as these script kiddies learn how to cover their tracks
effectively, they will morph into the real hackers of tomorrow, who
are well equipped to steal information discreetly.
The volume of attacks is likely to increase substantially if one
looks at past trends. For example, in the first three months of
last year (2009), there were only 384 website defacements which
were reported. The first three months of this year has seen 1981
website defacements – a growth of over 500 percent, when
compared to last year.
An award-winning journalist with more than 14 years of experience, Srikanth RP is Executive Editor with InformationWeek India. Srikanth is passionate about writing on topics which clearly show the business impact of technology.
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