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May 2007

Hacker demonstrates targeted attack

Determined attackers will go to great pains to exploit you and your applications. Unless you're locked in a room with some guy from a three-letter government agency, chances are that anything you've heard about a targeted attack on an organization is strictly hypothetical. Details are scarce and what you hear usually involves theories about a phishing scheme, zero-day exploits or crimeware. That's all well and good, but all of that is too far after the fact to really get a grip on the issue. The real insight comes when the topic turns to the reconnaissance cybercriminals conduct against a target. It's frightening the depths a cracker will descend and the time he'll invest to learn about your organization. And it's an equally scary proposition when you learn--often too late--what you've exposed about yourself online, or worse, what innocuous applications running on your machine leak to the world. Enter a hacker nicknamed rSnake. His real name is Robert Hansen and he's behind ha.ckers.org, a hacker site and self-professed ...

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Columns in this issue

  • Hacker demonstrates targeted attack

    Hacker Robert Hansen, also known as RSnake, demonstrates the pains cybercriminals take to target specific organizations and individuals through an exercise posted on his blog, which targeted the head of Google's spam team. Hansen's exercise underscores the threat companies face from today's organized and patient cybercriminals.

  • Fight cybercrime by understanding a hacker's mind and attack motive

    Computer crime laws and security policies aren't enough to combat increasingly sophisticated cybercrime. Understanding the criminal mind and a hacker's motive can help an organization determine what assets are most valuable and better distribute security resources.

  • Interview: PayPal CISO Michael Barrett

    PayPal's 133 million online customers are the biggest ocean for phishers to plunder. CISO Michael Barrett wants to make it safe to be in the water, and he's not going at it alone. Backed by PayPal's sophisticated fraud models and help from ISPs, Barrett is succeeding in protecting the most-spoofed brand on the Internet.

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