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Wave of hacker attacks points to the need of effective security policy


After attacking the websites of American companies in April, such as the website of PlayStation Network, Sony and Sega, in addition to the websites of the CIA, the American Senate and the British police forces and, in June, entities associated to the Iranian government, the wave of hacker attacks reached Brazil.


According to a news story published on the G1 website, in the last week, there were invasions to several public websites. The attacks started when a group of hackers broke into the security barriers of the Army website. In sequence, the websites of the Brazilian Presidency, Senate, IBGE, Environment Ministry and Revenue Service, in addition to several official agencies, were attacked.


Data from Zone-H, which specializes in gathering information about web pages that have been changed after hacker moves, points out that the number of attacks to Brazilian government websites rose in 2011: 714 attacks to date.


To protect from possible attacks, the Brazilian Society of Cardiology has been investing in a series of security policy efforts, such as the use of world-recognized information security tools, including firewall and intrusion detection software, used to continuously monitor the traffic of data on the web. These applications identify and block invasion threats automatically.


Another fundamental protection measure is that used on online registration websites, in which users need to enter financial data on a system equipped with SSL (Security Socket Layer) technology powered by Verisign, which ensures the reliability of information exchanged by servers and users of the Cardiol portal.


The actions taken by BSC aim to protect its members from the hazards of online frauds, as a safe system acts as a barrier against hacker attacks, ensuring safety and protection to users.


Source: Brazilian Society of Cardiology.


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Updated on July 5, 2011

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