Catalin Cosoi, Head of the Online Threats Lab at internet security solutions provider BitDefender comments on the news that Nintendo has become the latest target for hacker group Lulz Security following previous attacks on Sony.
"I guess we can detect a pattern here in ripping off significant amounts of sensitive information from not-very-secured servers. This type of organisation, which stores and processes such data, is definitely a desirable target as we're talking about hundreds of millions of users around the globe. Actually, the gaming industry has been a favourite target for malware writers for several years now. However, the most important aspect in these two attacks is not the motivation of financial gain. According to the hackers, it is about making a statement and proving that network security should be a serious business. SQL injections and DDoS seem to be the favourite attack methods. I'm ready to bet we will hear more about similar incidents in the months to come. Chances are that users' interest in purchasing goods and services from companies not able to secure their data will drastically decline. To avoid such a scenario, organisations should make sure any information leaving their premises is encrypted and useless for the attacker. As for DDoS, they might consider re-designing their server network architecture and using appropriate protection technologies."