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Message From Hackers: Enjoy The Summer Break Because Winter Attacks Will Be Harsh




Message From Hackers: Enjoy The Summer Break Because Winter Attacks Will Be Harsh
Message From Hackers: Enjoy The Summer Break Because Winter Attacks Will Be Harsh



http://www.darkreading.com/security/intrusion-prevention/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=219401410 

By Kelly Jackson Higgins
DarkReading
Aug 25, 2009

In case you're worried about taking that last-minute summer vacation and 
leaving your IT staff a little short, relax (for now, anyway): Most 
hackers are taking a break now, as well, as they gear up for a busy 
winter season, according to a survey of hackers attending Defcon17 in 
Las Vegas this month.

Malicious hackers make up less than one-fourth of the overall hacker 
community, according to 70 percent of the respondents, who were surveyed 
by Tufin Technologies at the world's largest hacker conference.

And 70 percent say government security and privacy regulations don't 
make hacking into corporate networks any tougher. Another 15 percent say 
compliance initiatives have actually made hacking easier, while 15 
percent say these programs have made it harder.

"These results further validate the reality that there is little common 
ground between compliance and security, but as an industry we have the 
collective knowledge and the resources to change that," says Michael 
Hamelin, chief security architect at Tufin. "While standards, such as 
PCI-DSS, provide a good baseline, organizations that assume achieving 
PCI compliance will solve their security woes are in for a rude 
awakening. With security and compliance budgets so deeply intertwined, 
it serves us as security professionals to make the two more synonymous. 
At the end of the day, the more accountable we are willing to be, the 
less we'll have to be."

Around 81 percent of hackers say they are more active around the winter 
holidays -- 56 percent say Christmas is the ideal time for corporate 
hacking, and 25 percent say New Year's Eve. Weekday nights are when they 
do most of their hacking, according to 52 percent of the respondents. 
More than 30 percent do so during business hours, and only 15 percent on 
weekends.

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