Internet security specialist CenturyCom has set up a "Hacker Hotline" for companies that suspect they have been the victim of a computer break-in and want to trace the source of the breach.
The service allows computer-based criminals to be traced back to point of entry and beyond by a specialist "hit squad" who secure these gaps to guard against future attacks.
As soon as a company or individual is aware of a breach of security, they can call CenturyCom's hotline for assistance. The squad can then use various tracing techniques to track the criminal's route back from the network or server.
"The Internet is so vast that, as yet, there is no way of policing it effectively," said Clive McCafferty, managing director at CenturyCom.
"It is therefore up to companies to ensure that they are properly defended against this criminal element. Examining security after an attack may seem like closing the gate after the horse has bolted, but it would be foolhardy to accept it as inevitable and do nothing."
Malicious hackers, more correctly called crackers, cover their route by breaking into an unrelated server and launching an attack from there, but the majority of their route remains traceable.
"Most (crackers) go about their activity extremely professionally, making it virtually impossible to be traced," continued McCafferty. "What we offer is a way of pinpointing where the threat came from, and how the walls in place were breached. By suggesting measures to block these holes, we can ensure that companies or users are not stung twice in the same place." CenturyCom 01635 295500
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