• June 05, 2007 05 Jun'07

    Malicious Computer Code: Glossary

    This is a glossary of terms related to malicious computer code.  Continue Reading

  • June 05, 2007 05 Jun'07


    Snooping, in a security context, is unauthorized access to another person's or company's data. The practice is similar to eavesdropping but is not necessarily limited to gaining access to data during its transmission. Snooping can include casual ...  Continue Reading

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    A smurf attack is an exploitation of the Internet Protocol (IP) broadcast addressing to create a denial of service.  Continue Reading

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    snoop server

    A snoop server is a server that uses a packet sniffer program to capture network traffic for analysis.  Continue Reading

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    war dialer

    A war dialer is a computer program used to identify the phone numbers that can successfully make a connection with a computer modem.  Continue Reading

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    A phreak is someone who breaks into the telephone network illegally, typically to make free long-distance phone calls or to tap phone lines.  Continue Reading

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    Pharming is a scamming practice in which malicious code is installed on a personal computer or server, misdirecting users to fraudulent Web sites without their knowledge or consent.  Continue Reading

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    Hijacking is a type of network security attack in which the attacker takes control of a communication - just as an airplane hijacker takes control of a flight - between two entities and masquerades as one of them.  Continue Reading

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    Hacktivism is the act of hacking, or breaking into a computer system, for a politically or socially motivated purpose.  Continue Reading

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    gray hat (or grey hat)

    Gray hat describes a cracker (or, if you prefer, hacker) who exploits a security weakness in a computer system or product in order to bring the weakness to the attention of the owners.  Continue Reading

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

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    packet monkey

    On the Internet, a packet monkey is someone (see cracker, hacker, and script kiddy) who intentionally inundates a Web site or network with data packets, resulting in a denial-of-service situation for users of the attacked site or network.  Continue Reading

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    Google hacking (Google scanning or Engine hacking)

    Google hacking is the use of a search engine, such as Google, to locate a security vulnerability on the Internet...  Continue Reading

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    Electrohippies Collective

    The Electrohippies Collective is an international group of hacktivists based in Oxfordshire, England, whose purpose is to express its displeasure with the use of the Internet "as a tool for corporate communications and propaganda.  Continue Reading

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    Cypherpunk, a term that appeared in Eric Hughes' "A Cypherpunk's Manifesto" in 1993, combines the ideas of cyberpunk, the spirit of individualism in cyberspace, with the use of strong encryption (ciphertext is encrypted text) to preserve privacy.  Continue Reading

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    Cyberstalking is a crime in which the attacker harasses a victim using electronic communication, such as e-mail or instant messaging (IM), or messages posted to a Web site or a discussion group.  Continue Reading

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    cookie poisoning

    On the Web, cookie poisoning is the modification of a cookie (personal information in a Web user's computer) by an attacker to gain unauthorized information about the user for purposes such as identity theft.  Continue Reading

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    Experts: Security software not as safe as you think

    One of the reasons enterprises rely on layers of security products is because of the flaws that often appear in their main IT infrastructure. But according to a panel of experts at the Gartner IT ...  Continue Reading

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    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.  Continue Reading

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    Testing security of apps could put pressure on vendors

    Gartner IT Security Summit: Companies should shoulder some of the responsibility for testing applications to put pressure on vendors to create more secure software, say panelists.  Continue Reading