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  • Echelon

    Echelon is an officially unacknowledged U.S.-led global spy network that operates an automated system for the interception and relay of electronic communications. 

  • man in the middle attack (fire brigade attack)

    A bucket brigade attack is one in which the attacker intercepts messages in a public key exchange and then retransmits them, substituting their own public key for the requested one, so that the two original parties still appear to be communicating wi... 

  • black hat

    Black hat is used to describe a hacker (or, if you prefer, cracker) who breaks into a computer system or network with malicious intent. 

  • Report: New hacking technique shields attackers

    A new report issued by UK-based security vendor Finjan shows that attackers are using IP addresses to mask a malicious Web page and avoid detection. 

  • van Eck phreaking

    Van Eck phreaking is a form of eavesdropping in which special equipment is used to pick up telecommunication signals or data within a computer device by monitoring and picking up the electromagnetic fields (EM fields) that are produced by the signals... 

  • cracker

    A cracker is someone who breaks into someone else's computer system, often on a network; bypasses passwords or licenses in computer programs; or in other ways intentionally breaches computer security. 

  • What is a logic bomb?

    A logic bomb is a dangerous piece of software designed to damage a computer or network and cause massive data destruction. In this Q&A, Ed Skoudis explains how an enterprise can prepare for a hacker's detonation. 

  • Who's fighting the spyware operators?

    There are plenty of malicious hackers who use spyware to gather others' personal data, so why aren't these cybercriminals behind bars? In this Q&A, Ed Skoudis explains some of the challenges facing law enforcement. 

  • Can smurf attacks cause more than just a denial of service?

    Smurf attacks are one of the oldest denial-of-service tricks in a hacker's book. In this Q&A, expert Mike Chapple explains whether such an attacks can do more than just slow your network down. 

  • Why hacking contests, 'month-of' projects don't help

    Ivan Arce, chief technology officer of Core Security Technologies in Boston, is a big proponent of penetration testing as a way for companies to find and fix their vulnerabilities. In fact, that's one of his company's main specialties. But what does ...