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Published: 22 Oct 2012

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, a hacker site and self-professed application security lab. Hansen, ... Access >>>

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    • 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.

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      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.

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    • Bruce Schneier and Marcus Ranum debate whether a 'Big Brother' watches today's information society

      Is today's information society anything like the Big Brother world envisioned by George Orwell in his book 1984? Bruce Schneier and Marcus Ranum debate the topic.

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