"Increased Cyber Awareness"
The National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) expects to see an upswing in incidents as a result of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Increased hacking attacks are likely to have two motivations:
The NIPC reiterates that the above conduct is illegal and punishable as a felony, with penalties extending to five years in prison. Those individuals who believe they are doing a service to this nation by engaging in acts of vigilantism should know that they are actually doing a disservice to the country.
To limit the potential damage from any cyber attacks, system administrators are encouraged to follow best practices to ensure the security of their networks. Some of the most basic measures are outlined below:
For a more comprehensive security checklist please refer to the following sites:
Recipients of this advisory are encouraged to report computer intrusions to their local FBI office (http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm) or the NIPC, and to other appropriate authorities. Incidents may be reported online at http://www.nipc.gov/incident/cirr.htm The NIPC Watch and Warning Unit can be reached at (202) 323-3204/3205/3206 or firstname.lastname@example.org