Protect your data, says attack victim

A human rights NGO that had its website attacked by hackers has warned other groups to protect themselves.

Websites affiliated to the Burma Campaign were targeted this month by a network of 'zombie' computers - machines controlled by hackers without the knowledge of the owners - which flooded the group's servers with requests and shut down partner websites.

The attacks came days before the Home Office announced a new £7m police unit to tackle cyber-crime.

Johnny Chatterton, campaigns officer at the Burma Campaign, advised groups to ensure that the companies hosting their sites kept log files. Some companies charged as much as £5,000 per month for protection whereas others offered it for free, he said.

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