Expert: Rural US Websites Easy Target for Hackers

Sunday, 07 Aug 2011 06:33 AM

 

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Web security experts say the cyberattack on 70 mostly rural law enforcement websites for emails and credit card numbers shows that no site is too small to avoid the interest of hackers.

The group known as Anonymous posted a trove of data Saturday in what it called retaliation for the arrests of its sympathizers. Many county sheriffs were unaware of the scope of what had happened until they were contacted by The Associated Press.

Many of the private emails posted online appear benign, but others have tips about crime, information about investigations and gang member profiles.

One hacking expert calls the trove of data "low-hanging fruit" for hackers, who can easily break into sites with little protection. Many of the sites were run by the same rural Arkansas marketing company.

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