A Brief History

Before we explore the issues surrounding computer incident response and the many considerations that apply when forming a response team, let's look at how the need for computer incident response teams first emerged. Computer systems have experienced a variety of attacks from both internal and external resources since shortly after the computer was first invented. It was not until the late 1980s, however, that some of these attacks started gaining attention in the media. One of the first widely publicized attacks was attributed to the West German Computer Club (better known as the Chaos Club). In 1987, Chaos announced that it had successfully penetrated NASA's computer systems. NASA was unaware of this intrusion until messages ...

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