It’s unlikely 2011 will go down in history as a great year for information security. The year is barely half over but already we have witnessed some of the largest hacking attacks since the advent of computing. So far, media organisations, game companies, banks and governments have all been the targets of largescale attacks by international hackers, with big name brands like Sega, Nintendo and Citigroup, as well as large public organisations like the CIA and the Malaysian government, all suffering cyber attacks in recent months.
In late April, Sony Entertainment’s PlayStation online gaming network was the target of perhaps the largest hacking attack in history, compromising the details of as many as 100 million customers. Closer to home, Australian telecommunications company Vodafone was the subject of an inquiry by the Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, after an alleged security breach.