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Mar 25 2010   12:45AM GMT

Whither Security?

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

No reports about it, but with all of the nation’s attention diverted and focused on the Health Care law fiasco, what are the cybercriminals doing to exploit the lapse of attention in other areas?

Let me point out that a very effective security subversion tactic is  the creation of a diversion. The diversion does not have to be intentional; it can just as easily be inadvertent, as in the case of focusing on possible cyber attacks related to the passage of the controversial health care reform law.

I’m sure that we’ll hear about cyber attacks related to this recent regulation, probably in the form of attempted web site defacings and/or DDOS attacks against relevant websites. Many people are up in arms about provisions in the law, so certainly, there are going to be attacks. In my life I’ve seen unrest through the 1960’s and 1970’s, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it quite as bad as today.

It behooves us to be even more vigilant than usual in these times of political upheaval and unrest. If I have you focused on target A, then I can easily attack target B.

And I believe we’ll see that happening.

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