BBC news yesterday reported that a man from the Shetland Ises, reported to be from the Lulzec hacking group, had been charged with computer offences. Jake Davis, 18, was charged with five offences relating to attacks on the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency’s (SOCA) website. On June 20th SOCA took its website offline after it was the subject of a distributed denial of service (DDos) attack, which Lulzsec claimed responsibility for. DDos attacks bring down a website by overloading them with web requests; usually using large numbers of computers which are under malicious control.
The arrest is the latest in a serious of arrests by police trying to crackdown on Lulzec and other hacking groups. Last month Ryan Cleary, 19, from Essex was charged with five offences under the Criminal Law and Computer Misuse Acts; one alleged to be an attack on SOCA’s website. Additionally, last week, a 16 year-old from London was arrested while an on-going international investigation has led to sixteen arrests in the US and four in the Netherlands.
There has been an increased drive from the Police to crack down on hacking activity from the Lulzsec group and its affiliates in recent months. The problem is though, it is difficult to ascertain the size of the organisation and its almost impossible to stop them recruiting new members. Indeed, hackers don’t need to be affiliated to a group to carry out their attacks.
Cyber crime, cyber hacking and data theft are issues that won’t go away, regardless of the Police’s attempts to crack down on them. It is therefore essential that every organisation takes responsibility for its own internet security and protection of its critical assets.
The first step every organisation should take is to conduct a Penetration Test of their networks and applications. A Penetration Test will simulate a malicious attack against and test your current levels of security. The resulting findings will then form the basis upon which your security measures can be improved.
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