Automated Attacks

by Daniel M
The article that i read was about how automated web attacks are on the rise. The article says that on average web applications are attacked by hackers roughly once every two hours while automated attacks are averaging about 25,000 attacks per hour. That is one attack every 7 seconds. This shows how much more devastating automated attacks can be versus hackers alone. The article talks about how you cant automate normal theft or crime but you can automate data theft. This makes data theft much more dangerous because of how rapidly they can hit different websites and steal their data. The article also talks about how 61% of all of the cyber attacks come the U.S., but then they say that they are not sure how many of those computers are being controlled from outside the U.S. The author talks about how the attacks are becoming increasingly harder to trace the origin of the attacks.

This article relates to this class because it goes to show how secure we need to make anything that we build or design because chances are that they will be attacked by an automated bot at some point in time. I also found this interesting because i was not aware of the fact that automated attacks were such a huge problem. I never expected that there would be an average of 25,000 attacks each hour. These statistics amazed me and made me realize how important security is.

 

Reference:

Poeter, D. (2011, july 25). Study: Automated web app attacks on the rise. PC Magazine, Retrieved from http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2389117,00.asp

5 thoughts on “Automated Attacks”

  1. I think a lot of it has to do with many people running outdated software. If there is a huge security issue, companies are relatively quick in issuing a patch. Also, because of the internet, people find out about security breaches very fast. Not everyone updates, though.

  2. Hearing that the attacks are being harder to trace is not a good sign. If users cannot determine where the attacks are coming from then how are they going to secure their data from possible future attacks? Hopefully users take every precaution to make sure their data is secured. Don't leave anything up to chance.

  3. It’s hard for companies and people to stay up to date with the current technology when it is evolving so rapidly. Not to mention, cost is also a very big factor since not everyone is able to purchase the latest hardware and software that will provide them with the most up to date protection.

  4. It's pretty hilarious to see that someone is being hacked by an automated server every 7 seconds. With international laws being the way they are and most hackers living outside the US, it is going to be very hard in order for companies to trace and actually do something about their systems being intruded by random ip's from all over the world.

  5. The worst thing about this automated hacking is that it is difficult for the government to be involved since they cannot trace where the attacks are coming from. There are few government regulations involved with electronic information, so it is easy for hackers to get away with stealing information. What's scary is that the information of people, businesses, banks, and even governments could be accessed by hackers and they could do whatever they want with it without getting in trouble if done properly.

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