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Ukrainian presidential web site hack serves as warning.

Global Secure Systems (GSS) : 02 November, 2007  (Technical Article)
Global Secure Systems highlights hack of Viktor Yushchenko site as example of how determined hackers can be and how sophisticated prevention methods are needed to avoid such attacks.
Global Secure Systems (GSS) has warned companies of the need to protect their Web sites following the hacking of the Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko web site.

David Hobson, the firm's managing director, said that the downing of the Presidential Web site, which started on Sunday and is continuing, has been attributed to the Eurasian Youth Union, whose leader is banned from the Ukraine.

'The EYU claim the hack was retaliation for their own Web site being attacked by the Ukrainian authorities. Whatever the reason, it highlights the fact that a sustained attack by determined hackers can only be stopped using a carefully planned security strategy,' he said.

'We advise clients to install the latest Web site security software, as well as go down the route of Web site diversity, arranging Internet connections with more than one Internet service provider,' he added.

According to Hobson, this helps to prevent distributed denial of service attacks, as well as allowing a Web site to be quickly brought back online in the event that the Web server(s) are successfully hacked into.

'No Web sites are truly 100 per cent proof against determined hackers, but we can help minimise the risk for clients, as well as speed up the rate at which a site can return to normal, by advising them of the best strategy for protection and connection to the Internet,' he explained.
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