US Military and Government Websites Hacked
May 07, 2020 | By Admin
US Military and Government Websites Hacked! Is Your Website Safe?
Today’s cybercriminals are more fearless than your average criminals.
Even the worst of villains would never attack a U.S. Military facility (unless you’re watching a movie).
Whereas in cyberspace, all targets are at risk, regardless of government or military status.
Cybercriminals are clearly not discriminating against acts of intrusion when it comes to websites.
Last month a California hacker was arrested for defacing numerous military, government, and business websites, including West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center and the New York City Comptroller’s Office.
According to the Department of Justice, the hacker allegedly used a well-known exploit called Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) to hack over 11,000 websites!
The FBI’s Assistant Director for the New York Field Office, William F. Sweeney Jr., said, “Website defacements can disrupt an organization’s operations and damage its credibility.”
The comptroller’s office ultimately paid more than $5,000 to fix the damage, while the US government paid more than $7,000 to fix West Point’s site.
It’s obvious that tampering with websites is probably the most common type of hacking.
This is the statement of Levi Gundert, a former US Secret Service special agent within the Los Angeles Electronic Crimes Task Force.
Mr. Gundert wisely reminds us of the potential for harm when cybercriminals gain unauthorized access to web servers such as the large-scale Equifax breach last year which exposed the personal information of 145 million Americans.
He concludes by saying “Organizations generally underestimate the damage that can be done.”
Whether large or small, it’s clear all websites are at risk.
So how much damage can you afford?
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