Millennium hackers plan City
By John Leyden
Network News, © VNU BusinessPublications
The millennium date change will be used as a cloak by hackers and cyber terrorists
to mount attacks against corporate networks, security experts warned last
The warning came as evidence emerged from US cyber activist Ricardo Dominguez
that the radical Reclaim the Streets group sought advice on sabotaging computer
sites and recruited teams of UK based hackers.
The group aims to increase the network damage caused by protests it organised
on 18 June (J18), when hackers used Floodnet to block or crash Websites in
the City of London.
Ex hacker turned consultant at Tiger Security, Mathew Bevan, warned that
network managers should expect the worst from opportunist or planned attacks.
"People don't know who Year 2000 contractors are, so how can they trust
their code? There is proof the Mafia was backing hackers posing as year 2000
programmers," said Bevan. "People will have hacked some machines
and no one will know until too late."
Malcolm Skinner, marketing director at Axent Technology, said: "There
will be an enormous amount of hacking activity camouflaged by Year 2000 issues."
Skinner said hackers intend to disguise attacks so that they look like a
series of unrelated incidents. Unwary network managers would dismiss even
sustained attempts to take ownership of systems as simple Year 2000 glitches.
DK Matai, managing director of software consultant mi2g, which works
with a number of City firms, said the biggest
risk comes from Trojan Horse programs which may be activated when network
managers disable security protocols to carry out Year 2000 network diagnostics.
The threat is being taken seriously by the banking community. The British
Bankers' Association has issued a Planning Guide for the Millennium, advising
extra security precautions over the period.