Cybercriminals may Challenge 2012 Olympics in UK

While addressing the "Infosecurity Europe" conference going on in London, the Former Home Secretary, David Blunkett, has expressed that if immediate actions are not taken to safeguard Britain from cyber attacks, serious disruptions may take place during the 2012 Olympic Games to be held to be held in London, as reported by the Press Association on April 26, 2009.

Blunkett said that terrorists may probably put sophisticated hacking techniques into use that may lead to the total collapse of computers and communication systems or may make interruptions in ticketing, transport and accommodation arrangements.

Hackers could do this by hacking websites and implanting malware onto it. Implanting malware onto a website by means of SQL injections is a most frequently adopted method by hackers.

Additionally, malware distributors are currently taking the help of anti-malware applications to dodge unaware Internet users into downloading enormous volumes of malware on the users' PCs.

However, according to Blunkett, the real nature of cybercrime is still very less known and people in public as well as private sectors should be aware of the cyber threat, reports ComputerWeekly on April 27, 2009.

He said that cyber assault could disrupt the 2012 Olympics; however it has been neglected in the defense strategy of the British government. On the other hand, if the situation is handled in a right way, it will enable successful organization of the Olympics and will also ensure that Britain is safe for conducting online business.

As the British government requires taking initiatives to avoid cyber attacks, partnership with security vendors and businesses is the key to success.

Blunkett eventually said that it is the responsibility of the information security industry to develop effective and affordable tools and should understand that this needs to be a part of a broader process. In simple words, the industry should understand the crime and should deal with it at the nascent stage so as to cut down the probability of mass destruction in future, such as the cyber threat over the 2012 Olympics has caused worries to the security experts.

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