Why advanced threats are less dangerous than simple attacks

Why advanced threats are less dangerous than simple attacks

Date: Jul 15, 2014

The more threats change, the more they stay the same.

According to noted security researcher Marc Maiffret, despite countless advances made by cyberattackers in recent years, many of the most popular and successful techniques have been in use for years.

"There's always the tried-and-true things that we hear about, things like buffer overflow and other types of memory corruption, which are just as much of a problem today as they were 20-plus years ago with the Robert Morris worm," Maiffret said.

In this interview, conducted at the 2014 RSA Conference, Maiffret, chief technology officer of BeyondTrust Inc. and noted security researcher, discusses today's most disconcerting attack trends, including attackers' user of valid credentials, unpatched Microsoft and Adobe vulnerabilities and legacy software and platforms like Windows XP.

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