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Lumension Comments on Hacker Arrests in Pakistan

Lumension Security : 14 July, 2010  (Company News)
Social networking site for hackers closed down and five people arrested in Pakistan in clampdown on cyber-related crime in the area
The Pakistani Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested five alleged hackers and shut down Packbugs.com, an online social network for hackers, following complaints from various governmental and non-governmental organisations in Pakistan and elsewhere. The arrests represent the latest case in a growing global trend as hackers find new ways to infiltrate government websites for reasons of political intent - or simply to cause chaos.

Alan Bentley, SVP international for Lumension comments: "The arrests made by the FIA this week are evidence of the growing importance for governments worldwide to sit up and take note of the hacking community. With more and more information now hosted or made available online, government websites are a prime target for cyber crime, as we've seen with the emergence of Packbugs.com.

"The threat is right on our doorstep. The recent 'Cash Gordon' Twitter hack drew attention to the work of 'hacktivists'. The practice of 'digital civil disobedience' covers everything from poking holes in government-run firewalls aimed at preventing citizens from browsing political content through to the defacement of sites and denial of service attacks. All are costly and time consuming fires for government departments to be continually fighting.

"Recent cuts to IT spending here in the UK have generated speculation over exactly how this will impact on security. However, the fact is security will always be a priority, as initiatives like CoCo will make sure of this. Protecting your own network in real time is vital. There needs to be a continuous proactive effort to manage security through risk assessment, and measures in place to deal with the changes in attack vectors. The simple ways can sometimes be the best. Don't allow known vulnerabilities to go unmitigated and only allow trusted applications to execute in your environment."
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