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The Reaction Time to Web Site Defacements
July/August 2009 (vol. 13 no. 4)
pp. 52-58
Alberto Bartoli, University of Trieste
Giorgio Davanzo, University of Trieste
Eric Medvet, University of Trieste
Web site defacement has become a common threat for organizations exposed on the Web. Several statistics indicate the occurrence rate of these incidents but not how long these defacements typically last. The authors present the results of a two-month study of more than 62,000 defacements to determine whether and when a reaction to a defacement occurs. Such reaction times tend to be unacceptably long — often several days — and with a long-tailed distribution.

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Index Terms:
unauthorized access, security and protection, management of computing and information systems, computing milieu, Web servers, Internet applications, reliability, availability, and serviceability, performance of systems, computer systems organization, electronic commerce, computers and society
Citation:
Alberto Bartoli, Giorgio Davanzo, Eric Medvet, "The Reaction Time to Web Site Defacements," IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 52-58, July-Aug. 2009, doi:10.1109/MIC.2009.91
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