Chinese hacker group, NetTraveler, has reportedly targeted research and government agencies…
Earlier today, CNN reported a Chinese hacker group was responsible for a series of attacks on government agencies. Less than four months ago, the global community played witness to the biggest DDoS attack in history.
Obviously, we all have to get serious about protecting our data; our national security and the health of our financial institutions depend on it.
Truth be told, it is very challenging to stay one step ahead of cyber criminals; NetTraveler supposedly recruits non-technical types of people and supplies them with instructions on how to carry out an attack. In some cases, cyber thieves used corrupted file data masked as legitimate Microsoft software updates.
Microsoft has since issued provisions in an effort to thwart criminal behavior, but if we truly want to protect ourselves we must make certain our data is secure at every point. This is where things like data backup and consistent system monitoring can help; it’s the ongoing tedious effort that helps to prevent cyber theft in the first place, or at the very least, retrieve important data following a DDoS attack.
For the numerous government and research agencies in existence, proper data management is a must. Especially after what the world has witnessed in the first quarter of this year alone. Will it be enough? Likely not. Yet security experts agree that organizations and individuals should take full advantage of the tools available to them, including but not limited to: Malware software detection, anti-virus software and an overall understanding of what’s gong on inside your network. Diligence is key in fighting cyber criminals at home or abroad. This may not be the end all be all solution, but it will certainly help to reduce the number of global attacks in 2013.