Sunday, September 11, 2005

Unbelievable! New Zealand is the second biggest source of internet security attacks worldwide

Internet security is increasingly becoming a serious problem in the process of informtation technology development. Hackers and viruses raise the cost of informtation society development very much. However, Do you believe that "New Zealand is the second biggest source of internet security attacks worldwide"? Today, I read a brief news from NZ Herald that argue that it is true!

Here is that news:
An IBM survey shows New Zealand is the second biggest source of internet security attacks worldwide, a BBC report says. The US came top with 12 million attacks over a six-month period, followed by New Zealand with 1.2 million and China with one million.
Reference: (Sep 11, retrieved from

Although Hackers and viruses are a real threat to internet security, there are a variety of methods can be taken to control their negative influence. Especially, security software is an effective way to do that.
I would like to recommend you to read another news which is relevant to a new security software:
Cucumber Software to block prying eyes
By Owen Hembry
Cucumber Software says it has a system to keep prying eyes and light-fingered hackers out of networks that transfer sensitive electronic documents. The Tauranga-based company has been testing the system with law firm Sharp Tudhope and plans a commercial launch within two months. Cucumber general manager Jodie Tipping said the company would initially focus on selling its document transfer system to law firms and medical bodies. "For professional services firms - like lawyers, accountants and health professionals - being able to guarantee confidential transfer of information to their clients can be a significant point of difference," she said. Sharp Tudhope is pleased with the trial so far. Chief executive Neal Blackburn said the system was more secure than email, which was reassuring. The software uses a web browser and a Microsoft Word toolbar extension to manage documents. Users are able to search the company's network for related documents, filtering by key words and date. The system also prohibits external access to the company's network, with client documents posted to a secure area on a web site. Once a document is posted, an email is automatically sent to the client informing them they have a document waiting. "Military-strength" encryption and digital signatures can be applied to the document for added security and for clients to confirm authorship, the company said. Dave MacFarlane, from Tauranga furniture exporter Design Mobel - a client of Sharp Tudhope - has been using the system to access property, sale and purchase documents while travelling abroad. "In the past, I'd sometimes receive up to six different documents from Sharp Tudhope in six different envelopes in one day," he said. "That was neither efficient nor environmentally friendly, whereas this new system is both." Andy Walker, a Cucumber designer, stresses the need for simplicity and says overly complex software applications limit the benefits of technology for users. Simple, user-friendly software design was essential for clients to focus on running their businesses, not their IT systems, he said. "It has to be, because there's heaps of very good core technology out there, but they're usually not packaged very well for the non-technical." Tipping said the secure access system had given the company "another string to our bow". It's a string that has led to the UK, where she said early talks to market the system were under way. "I think there's a really big market," she said. "Everyone has a need to store information but particularly in the law and medical industry."

author:Owen Hembry
Sep 11, retrieved from

Who will win in the fight between Hackers and Protection methods? I hope the latter will, and you?


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