Massive Utah cyberattacks — up to 300 million per day — may be aimed at NSA facility

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Five years ago, Utah government computer systems faced 25,000 to 30,000 attempted cyberattacks every day.

At the time, Utah Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires thought that was massive. “But this last year we have had spikes of over 300 million attacks against the state databases” each day: a 10,000-fold increase.

Why? Squires says it is probably because Utah is home to the new, secretive National Security Agency computer center, and hackers believe they can somehow get to it through state computer systems.

“I really do believe it was all the attention drawn to the NSA facility. In the cyberworld, that’s a big deal,” Squires told a legislative budget committee Tuesday. “I watched as those increases jumped so much over the last few years. And talking to counterparts in other states, they weren’t seeing that amount of increase like we were.”

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1 thought on “Massive Utah cyberattacks — up to 300 million per day — may be aimed at NSA facility”

  1. The only way a computer can be attacked is if it is on the public Internet. Pull the plug and all that hacking goes away.
    With that many attempts the National Security Agency needs some help with a better designed security system on line. If those hackers are not getting through they are doing an incredible job all ready.
    I suggest a computer interface that keeps the internal computers off the internet period. Only computers that are specifically designed to be used on the Internet with no compromising data on them should be used on the public internet.
    I would suggest also a different computer language with a different operating system on them other than the rather public and vulnerable Microsoft Windows systems. We have at least 6 or 7 Unix based operating systems in use right now.
    I remember running Apple Macs in the same system as PCs. The PCs went down with viruses. The MAC language which is one of the UNIX based languages didn’t go down at all unless the network itself went down. They seldom got viruses back then. Now it is not quite as secure.
    You have to understand that governments spend big money to hack into our government computers. That is an on going warfare that needs to be brought down.
    One way is to isolate. If something is coming from overseas it goes through a different process than the ones we use locally.
    That means redesigning the entire internet so we enjoy a certain amount of local security and at the expense of international hackers.
    One way is reflection. That means anything they attempt to hack here is reflected back at them.
    The vulnerability is computers written in Microsoft C Plus Plus. This has been going on for a long time. Ever since the advent of Windows 3.11.
    Computers written in better languages are less vulnerable right now.
    Linux has pioneered UNIX based computer languages. The back side is they do not need quite the sophisticated hardware that Windows 7 on up need to operate at a comfortable speed. That means all those xp computers out there are salvageable.

    An average company attempting to keep up with Microsoft might spend up to 40,000 dollars to do so. That is as good a reason as any to put them out of business(Microsoft). There are basically two levels of programming needed in an average business. The more sophisticated Office will allow you to go right to the edge of a page on an average printer. The main use I see for that is labels. And labels are big business. An average large church for instance will do 5,000 mail outs. For years they used a DOS based program called Professional File to do this. Why? Changing the program to a more modern database program was expensive.
    Economics is the major reason that smaller companies go Linux over Microsoft. One side effect benefit is that they are not on the main stream target of hackers. This is all changing as we write. With the tablet industry going linux in a privately control system rather than an administrator controlled system, Linux is becoming more of a target.
    In 7 years, I was attacked maybe once or twice using a linux-based internet system. The FREE antivirus software immediately repelled the attempt.

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