Mahou no iLand, a free home page service site, announced that their official Web site was attacked. A malicious program was injected to the said site. According to Mahou no iLand, the attack was detected last 5 July 2007 and they suspended all of their services on 17 July 2007.
A similar case happened to a well known company for mutual fund information where a malicious access to their Web site was also detected. These incidents only highlight the increasing number of cases of similar attacks.
The first half of 2007 brought a series of attacks that seem to herald what we now see as a recurring problem. Three incidents inevitably stood out from the rest. They arrived quietly, but they immediately sent alarm bells clanging:
- Super Bowl (January), where the Web site was compromised when hackers injected malicious scripts. It was believed that a lot of users may have been affected as the site was getting more visits because of the Super Bowl.
- ANI attacks, which were widely felt in Asia (March)
- Italian Job (June) was dubbed by Trend Micro as the fastest widespread malicious web attack worldwide.
It cannot get more global than this. As evidenced by these high-profile cases, US, Europe, and Asia have all been targeted. The attack on Mahou no iLand in Japan, only proves that this problem will continue to persist.
Meanwhile, users will just have to continue to be on the lookout for possible attacks. After all, prevention remains to be a fool-proof plan, and staying clear from those suspicious Web sites is a start.