Mendoza School of Business

Power, glory fuel hacktivism against companies

Published: June 13, 2011 / Author: Byron Acohido

The following is an
excerpt from an article in USA Today
that quotes
John D’Arcy, assistant professor of information
technology management, about the hacking attack on Sony Corp.  To read the article visit:
Power, glory fuel hacktivism against companies.

The International Monetary Fund
is among the latest operations hit by a cyberattack. And security analysts
don’t expect a slowdown in politically motivated cyberattacks, known as
hacktivism, anytime soon.

The IMF has
faced a number of threats recently from hackers unhappy with some of its
economic policies.

Anonymous, a
longstanding hacktivist group best known for attacking corporations that
opposed WikiLeaks, had threatened the IMF with an online attack over conditions
imposed on its rescue package for Greece. However, it was not known Sunday if
Anonymous was actually behind the most recent attack.

“Hacktivists believe their ethos represents the future of a cyberconnected
world,” says Dave Jevans, chairman of security firm IronKey. “They
will continue attacks based on real or imagined positions against companies and
government agencies.”


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