Computer misuses: hacking and the rest

The Web Hacking Incidents Database just published its 2008 report. It is worth a read. Here are a few facts:

– 19% steal information in order to sell it = profit
– 24% deface a website (i.e. change its homepage with a message)
– 5% is phishing

The attacks originate for 66% from North America, 16% from Europe, 6% Asia, which is probably a reflection of internet access and use.

and Government websites & co represent 32% of the victims. Two explanations here: Government got sensitive information (hence theft and fraud) and they represent the law (thus issue of politics or hactivism)

http://www.breach.com/resources/whitepapers/downloads/WP_WebHackingIncidents_2008.pdf
for a partial translation in French see Journal du Net (March 2009)

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About Audrey Guinchard

Senior Lecturer @ University of Essex (UK)
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