Internet is not prepared for cyberattacks
By Vladimir Golubev
Date: August 02, 2003
System Administrator and Network Security (SANS) and the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) have made the joint statement that the Internet is not prepared for attacks and the number of cyberterrorists' attacks will grow.
Let's remind, that critical vulnerability in all operational systems of Windows NT related to overflow of the buffer in interface DCOM of RPC. According to Microsoft, hackers can get access to the data stored at removed computers, email, they can delete files, etc. using this "hole". Recently, hackers managed to test successfully new means of removed control over the vulnerable systems. Besides, there was hyperactivity of hackers in the Network: the search of unprotected servers and PC, the attempts of "hacking" using new utilities. Special hacker's chats and forums contain conversations on the theam "How to improve these means of hacking.
According to experts the main threat is the hackers can launch the "worm" to the Internet which can damage huge quantity of computers for few minutes. Experts fear that such attacks can take place in several days, weeks or months.
Experts of Symantec
Computer Crime Research Center
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