From Alden Leonard. Contact him at alden[AT]borderstan.com and follow him @aldenleonard on Twitter.
Last week, hackers took aim at the D.C. Government’s servers and websites. In addition to crippling sites like DC.gov and Washington.org for hours, the e-assailants posted personal contact and biographic information about Mayor Vincent Gray and his family.
According to DCist, the attackers are affiliated with a hacker group known as UGNazi and claim to be motivated by the government’s mishandling of Internet policy. Nikita Stewart at The Washington Post has more info.
Websites outside of the District, including NYC.gov, Military.com and even NASDAQ.com have been targeted in similar attacks by UGNazi and its minions. The group is also well-known for posting sensitive information about public figures, and has done so recently to the likes of Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, and Neil Patrick Harris. At least you’re in good company, Mayor Gray!
Back in February, The Hacker News reported that DC is the most vulnerable city in the United States when it comes to hacking : “Each city was ranked by the prevalence of PCs and smartphones and social media use with risk factors like unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots and malware attempts.” The Top 10 were Washington, Seattle, San Francisco, Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Minneapolis, Sacramento, Raleigh and Austin — note the number of those cities that are centers for high-tech companies and entrepreneurs.