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Government cyberattack profiles vary from global average

Hackers seem to be attracted to government Web servers and file sharing applications, a managed security services provider says. Eight of the top 10 attacks directed against government systems were associated with Web servers or applications, according to a study of cyberattack trends in the last half of 2003 by Symantec Corp. of Cupertino, Calif. “This differs from global Internet attack activity during this period,” analysts said. Another difference was the popularity of attacks against ports associated with peer-to-peer file sharing networks, such as Gnutella and eDonkey. This could be an indication that lots of federal workers are using these applications, which could provide entry points for attacks or malicious code. Full Story

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