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.
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