By now most of the media has covered the attack over at CERN by the Greek Security Team. Ethics aside, it is an impressive hit (and carries a most interesting manifest, which I believe only a few besides the actual receivers can actually understand). However, the preamble of this post by Thanasis K. got me thinking:
Suppose that you are an organization that runs the most high profile experiment on the planet. Add to the fact that you distribute information “live” via the Internet. You know that you are begging to be attacked!
Even if you do not anticipate the attack, I think the security research community should. Which means that at least some research groups should have approached CERN in order to develop at least a honeypot (among other methods?) to observe behavior and attack patterns (and even defacement news propagation before it is captured by the media – now that could be a nice SNA dataset). Has this been the case? I do not know. Could it be? I think so. After all, this has not proved to be a PR disaster.
The above scenario being real or not, this is the most impressive defacement I have seen in years.