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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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