How A Massive Cyber Attack Affects An Organization?

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How a massive cyber-attack affects an organization? When someone talks about information technology is important to talk about cyber-attack, because cybercrimes have increased a lot in recent years. Perceptions about hacking and computer crime are changing because of the increased dependency on the internet into our daily life. In order to continue to provide a safe and secure computing environment, IT professionals need to comprehend the examination of high profile cyber-attacks that includes Target’s data breach (2013), Google China hit by cyber-attack (2009), sabotage Iran’s nuclear program (2007 to 2010). This examination of high profile cyber-attack assists to (1) serve as a preventative measure, (2) encourage safety policies, and…show more content…
Ultimately, the intruders were able to gain control of a software repository used by the development team” (Markoff, 2010). As a result, operation aurora was a cyber-attack which began in mid-2009 and continued through December 2009. This sophisticated and well-resourced attack was consistent with advanced persistent threat attack, and Google alleged the attack originated in China. Nevertheless, attack analysis helps IT professional to learn how to prevent and respond in case of an attack. Factor such vulnerabilities and detection help IT community to prevent new attacks like Aurora malware. Another well-known cyber-attack is the sabotage of Iran’s nuclear program (2007 to 2010). “Stuxnet, as it came to be known, was unlike any other virus or worm that came before. Rather than simply hijacking targeted computers or stealing information from them, it escaped the digital realm to wreak physical destruction of equipment the computers controlled” (Zetter, 2014). Furthermore, Stuxnet is an advanced persistent threat (APT), and it was used to target at a specific manufacturing facility. In June 2010, Stuxnet was discovered and categorized as the most complicated virus / worm ever discovered, and IT professional still commenting about this very interesting virus until today. In addition, Stuxnet was able to cause physical damage such as:
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