Web Site Defacements Hit All-Time High

Tuesday, 1 October 2002, 11:08 AM EST

The number of Web site defacements has reached an all-time high, with over 9000 attacks this month, according to London security consultancy mi2g.

The number is 54 percent higher than August's figure of 5830 defacements, which was itself a record high, mi2g says.

In particular, there has been rising antagonism across the digital world against the United States. This month has seen defacements of U.S. Web sites belonging to the House of Representatives, Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, National Park Service, Goddard and Marshall Space Flight Centers, State Library, and U.S. Geological Survey, mi2g said.

According to mi2g, U.S. registered Web sites have been successfully defaced 4157 times so far this month, followed by Brazil (835 times), the United Kingdom (376), Germany (356), and India (285).

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