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Hackers' attacks rise in volume, sophistication

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#1 Animal


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Posted 26 December 2009 - 07:02 PM

Security experts describe the typical hacker of 2009 as more sophisticated, prolific and craftier than ever. If anything, criminals will be remembered by the sheer number of attacks they unleashed upon the Web.

While the year didn't see many technological leaps in the techniques hackers employ, they continued to expand their reach to every corner of the Internet by leveraging social media, infiltrating trusted Web sites, and crafting more convincing and tailored scams.

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Quote from: SF Gate article by Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera, Chronicle Staff Writer Saturday, December 26, 2009

The information that took me aback most was the following: "An October report from the San Jose company estimated that 640,000 legitimate Web sites became infected in the third quarter of 2009, compared with 120,000 infected sites during the same period of 2008."

Bold is mine. An astounding 433.3% increase. :thumbsup:

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#2 Nawtheasta


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Posted 26 December 2009 - 10:24 PM

Hi Animal
With all the legit sites being compromised, as referenced in your post I am starting to wonder if hackers will start targeting help sites like BP just for the bragging rights.
I really hate this paranoia. :thumbsup: A decade ago when I first started exploring the internet with Netscape it seemed I could click and go anywhere. I never had a problem. Dumb luck on my part or the hackers weren’t as sophisticated.
Best (Looking over my shoulder) Regards

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 12:15 PM

And it gets worse every year! The prospects for 2010 are probably something we don't want to anticipate.
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Posted 27 December 2009 - 01:35 PM

The recession might have emptied the crook's pockets :thumbsup: They're just getting greedy now :flowers:

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