While it is true that cybercrime can happen to anyone, many people might assume that government agencies and the military would have the most highly protected computers. A recent trend shows that no one is immune to hacking.
It is being reported that cyberattacks on the U.S. Department of Defense have jumped sharply in 2009 with many of the hits coming from China. Data from 2000 show that there were 1,415 incidents of attacks on department systems.
This is a huge contrast to the 43,785 that were reported in the first half of 2009 alone. Considering the fact that there were 54,640 incidents in all of 2008, it’s very likely that this will translate into a 60% increase in the attacks in just one year.
Of course, with so much activity, the department has been investigating the origin of the attacks and has even spent $100 million to protect the military between September 2008 and March 2009. Clearly, the efforts are doing little to stop the incidents.
No major details were provided in the article. The evidence shows that Chinese IP addresses are associated with much of the activity, but, because of the “decentralized nature of the Internet, it is very difficult to tell when an attack is actually generated in China, instead of simply using Chinese servers as a steppingstone.”
There is also a pattern indicating that the attacks are coming from North Korea and the Middle East in addition to China.