February 13, 2002

Targeted hacks - hard to uncover, harder to fight

Author: JT Smith

NewsFactor Network writes: "The number and variety of computer worms, security vulnerabilities and attacks on the Internet continue to grow, often leaving more dangerous, targeted hack attacks that go beyond random worm infections and hacker scans overlooked, according to some experts. These targeted attacks, which typically involve a savvy perpetrator who knows where to go and what to get, can be much more dangerous than the run-of-the-mill viruses and vulnerabilities lurking on the Web. Experts say less attention is paid to targeted attacks because they affect fewer victims, but that may be changing as mass-mailing worm launches and vulnerability scans become more refined."


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