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June 2006

Today's Attackers Can Find the Needle

From massive botnets to targeted phishing and transacting Trojans, today's new breed of attacker is more dangerous than ever. More information from our sister site Learn how to protect your organization against organized cybercrime. Visit our Guide to Thwarting Hacker Techniques for tips and expert advice on defending the enterprise against hackers. There's not much West Coast-cool to Christopher Maxwell and Jeanson James Ancheta. Both Californians are young and cocky, don't have great jobs and are staring down the barrel of multi-year prison sentences for herding bots and dropping adware on compromised computers. This is the face of today's hacker: someone like Maxwell who, by day, works at Wal-Mart and, by night, prosecutors say, corrals drones for his botnet. Or like Ancheta, who was driving a BMW before his 21st birthday, and made more than $60,000 from adware purveyors and from renting his botnet to spammers. Their respective schemes were elaborate and lucrative. In their wake are hundreds of thousands of...

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