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Published: 22 Oct 2012

As thrill seekers fade away, organizations must contend with skilled attackers wielding sophisticated, stealthy tools in their drive to steal data for financial gain. Browser malware that executes fraudulent financial transactions. Botnets so powerful they can knock websites offline for days. Drive-by infections that install keyloggers on the PCs of website visitors. Stealthy malware adept at self-preservation. As organizations erect barriers to protect their data, attackers are unleashing new new types of computer crime and advanced ways of finding and exploiting weaknesses. The threat landscape is one of professional, highly skilled online criminals who create, buy or trade advanced tools that allow them to steal confidential company data, disrupt business operations or snatch logon credentials and other personal information. The teen-aged script kiddies who focused on compromising systems for fame and game are receding into the distant past. Today's profit-minded attackers are more likely to carry a briefcase than a skateboard. As defenders against these ... 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.

    • 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.

    • 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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