Monday, June 27, 2011

Organizations here focus on computer security

Different targets. Different agendas. Whatever the method employed or the goal sought, reports of computer hacking attacks seem to be increasing in recent weeks.

Citigroup. The CIA. On a much smaller scale, the telephone system in the Macoupin County Courthouse.

“We’re hearing about it more because it’s moved from ‘hacking,’ which was usually done by an individual, to what they’re calling ‘hacktivism,’” said Lucinda Caughey, instructor in the computer science department at the University of Illinois Springfield. “They’re using social network sites to create a community and accomplish an agenda.”

Caughey was featured in an June 26, 2011, article in The State Journal-Register.

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