New Breed of Hacker Attacks Have Criminal Intent

A new report issued by Websense Security Labs shows that hacker attacks have evolved from random endeavors designed to create havoc to increasingly well-organized assaults with financial and criminal motives.

The lab was set up in 2004 and has been releasing semiannual reports that recap the previous six months of hacker activity and project the likely arc of future security issues. The current report covers Web activity for the second half of 2005.

In particular, the nature of phishing has begun to change noticeably in the past year. The report's authors say phishing purveyors have begun to test and upgrade their exploits to improve their effectiveness. A new technique called "spear phishing" emerged as a more devious way to deliver targeted phishing attacks at increasingly savvy computer users. Browser and operating-system exploits also are being used more frequently for spyware, crimeware (malicious code being released with criminal intent) and keylogger installations. Security Pipeline | New Breed of Hacker Attacks Have Criminal Intent

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