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This article is part of the May 2007 issue of Nine tips to guarding your intellectual property
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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