This BBC News piece Relentless pace of hack attacks resonates with me today as I still suffer the effects of a spammer sending out bulk emails which appear to come from my domain name (firstbite.co.nz) and after deleting half a dozen spam and idiot comments from my Blog. (“[Name] rules” is hardly a useful comment on anything …)
While my troubles are trivial in the scale of things they weigh heavily on my mind. The BBC report however demonstrated just how weighty these problems can be.
Two dummy sites were set up to demonstrate the relentlessness of online malicious hack attacks. The fake websites were made to look like they were operated by European banks. One was protected with a standard firewall but the other was left almost defenceless. Over the eight weeks that the sites were left online, the unprotected website was attacked roughly once every four minutes. The protected website was attacked almost once every hour. More than a third of the attacks on the protected website were so severe that they crashed the site and could have resulted in the loss of data.