Cyberattacks at Your (My) Front Door

For years on this page I have discussed the risk of cyberattacks or cyberwar. But it you want a list of bad actors ready, willing and able to attack the homeland via cyberattacks, you need not look any further than this website.

Way back on May 30, 2007 I discussed Russia’s distributed denial-of-service attack on Estonia which forced Estonia‚Äôs biggest bank to shut down its online service temporarily, which bank suffered losses of at least $1,000,000. See http://www.chicagotrademarkattorney.net/cyberwar/

On April 15, 2010 I discussed China’s work in the cyber field and, quoting James Fallows from The Atlantic, I wrote, “China may not be our biggest cyberwar threat. Quoting a former diplomat who worked on security and intelligence issues, that former official stated that our #1 electronic threat was Russia, #2 was the Israelis, who are looking for political advantage, tied with the Israelis is China, but the French, who are looking for economic advantage, and the Brazilians, who are involved in financial crime, are also countries to be concerned about.” See http://www.chicagotrademarkattorney.net/cyberwar-cont/

On August 27, 2013 in a piece entitled, “Asymetric Warfare, Cyberwar & The Blowback” See http://www.chicagotrademarkattorney.net/asymmetric-warfare-cyberwar-the-blowback/ I wrote that, “a group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army, an online group that supports Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, has claimed responsibility for taking down the New York Times website.” See http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/new-york-times-hacked-syrian-electronic-army-suspected-8C11016739

So, now we got the Russians, Chinese, the Israelis and even the Syrians posing a threat to the systems that we rely on for banking, trading, shopping, streaming as well as our national security and, earlier this month, as tensions ramped up between the U.S. and Iran, in a tweet I added the Islamic Republic to the list. See http://www.smartbrief.com/branded/8F5F957D-57FD-4533-BD54-E4386ED388CE/341EDE63-BB94-4D8F-A44F-D243D3030A13

On January 27th of this year I received the following list of attempted attacks on this website:

Top 10 IPs Blocked

IPCountryBlock Count
91.122.30.68   Russian Federation 4
5.202.47.92   Iran, Islamic Republic of 2
64.225.9.108   United States 2
47.103.106.39   China 1
194.143.251.120   Hungary 1
182.148.92.5   China 1
115.239.27.152   China 1
45.186.163.2(Unknown) 1
113.103.117.8   China 1
36.22.76.89   China 1

Top 10 Countries Blocked

CountryTotal IPs BlockedBlock Count
   China 8181
   Russian Federation 36
   United States 23
   Vietnam 22
   Turkey 22
   Iran, Islamic Republic of 12
   Germany 11
   Canada 11
   Hungary 11
(Unknown) 11

Of 15 IP addresses blocked, four were from Russia, two were from the Islamic Republic of Iran and five were from China. The vast majority of attempts to hack this site came from the People’s Republic of China. So, to learn who our biggest cyber threats are as a nation I need not look any further than who my biggest cyber threats are as a website owner. Apparently, they’re one and the same and if I’m a target you may be one too.

About ERIC WACHSPRESS

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