27 May 2011

Small businesses targeted by hackers

No matter how large or small a company is, staying under the radar of computer hackers is easier said than done. According to a recent report by the Los Angeles Times, the four-person LA firm Brakensiek Leavitt Pleger was recently attacked by a computer hacker.

The cyber criminal breached the firm’s computer system in only three minutes. However, the breach was a test and the hacker is an employee of an internet security company hired to test the firm’s cyber defenses, the report stated.

"That was a shock," said Lynne Leavitt of the firm. "I thought we had good security. I thought we were safe."

As a result of the hack, Brakensiek Leavitt Pleger installed new software and implemented new cyber security measures to ensure future protection against potential hackers.

Stan Stahl, the head of a Los Angeles cyber security company, told the news provider "that's one of the myths we come across - 'I am too small.’”

Last year, Village View Escrow in Redondo Beach, was struck by a hacker who stole $465,000 from the small company.

On the other side of the spectrum, large agencies and companies are also susceptible to cyber criminals. Earlier this month, a Romanian hacker claimed to have breached a computer server at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center to gain access to confidential data.