Pro-Islamic militant hacker groups boost attacks

Wednesday, 2 October 2002, 9:56 AM EST

Pro-Islamic hacker group Unix Security Guards increased its activity tenfold in September to highlight the Palestinian cause and show solidarity with the Arab world as tensions rise in regard to the US conflict with Iraq, according to computer security firm mi2g.

USG made 207 attacks on corporate and government computer systems worldwide in September, compared with 21 in August, mi2g said in a press release issued Tuesday.

Overall hacker attacks rose in the month, as well, the company said.

The number of attacks for September was 11,080, bringing the total for the first nine months of 2002 to 42,185, a third greater than all of 2001.

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