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Philippine Organizations could be Target of Chinese Spam Operations

Security firm Prolexic Technologies based in USA warned on September 6, 2007 that organizations in the Philippines were susceptible to spam originating from China.

Prolexic Vice-President for Sales for Asia-Pacific Gus Cunningham said these spamming were responsible for Denial of Service (DoS) attacks. AHN published this in news on September 6, 2007. An increase in DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks affecting the local clients of Prolexic as a result of abundant Internet traffic flowing out of China proved as the major cause of the bulk of malicious e-mail and spam on the Net.

Prolexic's domestic clients are complaining of a rise in DDoS attacks owing to spam mails routed from Asian country of China. When companies face DDoS assaults, the attacks overload their networks compelling them to close down the systems.

A DDoS attack can have more devastating impact on an organization as it could mean losing access to the Web while the impact remains for an unknown length of time. This would naturally result in loss of revenue and reputation of the organization.

An attacker begins his strategy by using a fake IP address to hide the botnet's identity. For a Website without DDoS protection, it is much easier for the attacker to make the site inaccessible and thus, he will quickly accomplish his goal. But if the security applications on a site are able to block these attacks, then the attacker has to think alternatively.

DDoS attacks are getting more and more sophisticated. The motives behind them are either political or perpetrators get paid for launching these assaults, Cunningham said.

As attackers increasingly equip themselves with botnets, multinational companies operating e-commerce as well as the banking sector remain at high risk of attackers. Enterprises must be aware of the warning signals and determine how to protect themselves from potential DDoS attacks.

Meanwhile, China has been pointed as the hub of growing international cyber-crime. In previous instances, The Guardian newspaper reported that Chinese attackers hacked into the British government systems including systems at the Foreign Office. Still earlier, the Financial Times revealed that members of the PLA of China had hacked the Pentagon computer network.

Related article: Philippines Circulates Spam Accounting for 87% of E-mails

» SPAMfighter News - 20-09-2007

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