WikiLeaks’ events analysed

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The European Network and Information Security Agency today issues the following brief analysis of the information security events regarding Wikileaks.

“We have seen three major incidents, each of which has important implications for information security” said Prof. Udo Helmbrecht, ENISA’s Executive Director:

  • The first incident was the leakage of sensitive documents from the systems of the US Department of State – allegedly by an insider. This highlights the difficulty of defending against insider threats as well as the irreversibility of information leakage.
  • The second incident was C and cloud services for the Wikileaks website. Although ostensibly due to terms of service violations, this highlights the vulnerability of globally distributed IT services to regional differences in policy, regulation, the interpretation of rights and the neutrality of service providers in the face of political pressure (see also risks R21 and R22 in ENISA’s cloud computing risk assessment).
  • The third incident was the hacktivist attacks both against, and in support of Wikileaks. A hacker called Jester mounted a denial of service (DoS) attack against the Wikileaks website. Later, in support of Wikileaks, the group Anonymous distributed the “Low Orbit Ion Cannon” (LOIC) tool to mount distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against several high profile services including Visa, Paypal and governmental sites (1). These incidents highlight a number of issues.

Prof. Helmbrecht notes: “The freedom the internet allows in moving between jurisdictions and technologies makes cyber security an asymmetric challenge. But our economy and our governments are heavily reliant on functioning and resilient systems. Therefore it is a challenge which must be met through global co-operation to strengthen all aspects of cyber security.”

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Editor Intelink says:(2012-10-02 10:49:19)

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Danny Lieberman says:(2011-05-09 13:35:04)

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Rachel McShelley says:(2011-03-31 10:01:15)

Blijft helaas onduidelijk waarom BitDefender dit opvallend en vooral ook een beveiligingsrisico vindt.

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