Reuters hit by second web hack
Website hacking is a constant threat to companies of all sizes and descriptions. When hackers see an opportunity to gain monetary or ideological gain from an attack, they will exploit any vulnerability they can find. According to a recent report by PCWorld, the blog platform operated by news service Reuters recently became latest victim in a series of attacks.
Follow-up news hack
According to PCWorld, the Reuters news feed was recently compromised, with the attacker inserting a fake news story announcing the death of Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal. PCWorld noted that the incident was the second within a month and stated that Reuters has not yet given information on the possible source of the hack. The news organization did, however, announce plans to increase security preparedness.
Companies without their own security divisions are not exempt from the dangers of online attacks. A small company, developer or site owner can secure a ready-made defense apparatus by purchasing managed security services. Whether internal or external, it could be critical to have security personnel on call when attackers strike, whether their motives are political or monetary.
Attackers find new motives
According to a recent Mashable report, many more hackers and cybercriminals have recently emerged with money as a motive, rather than proving an ideological point. An ex-hacker told the source that even attacks that seem to have no financial gain involved are often linked to money-making, at least as a secondary concern.
Companies with no strong ideological points of view should, therefore, be just as concerned with IT security and system integrity as the rest of the business world. Wherever there is the possibility of some sort of gain, there is a cyberattack risk.