Sponsored by:Sponsored by:This story appeared on Network World athttp://www.networkworld.com/research/2004/0301hackers.htmlWhat are they thinking?Knowing hackers' favorite attack patterns and motivations can lead to better network security.By Deborah Radcliff , Network World , 03/01/2004Hackers, crackers, carders and thieves are putting thesqueeze on your network security. But what do youreally know about them? What draws them to yournetwork, and why do they do the things they do?Knowing the motivations of digital intruders helps youunderstand their behaviors, says Dr. Max Kilger, asocial psychologist for the Honeynet Project. Andunderstanding those behaviors can help you betterprotect your networks.With this in mind, Network Worlddug into three realcases to analyze the attackers' behaviors andmotivations. The incidents include an outsider attack ona financial institution, the rooting of an e-commercehosting provider to heist credit card numbers and an employee copying a client database from a brokerage firmto take to a new job at a competitor.Identifying what is common and what is unique about these attacks gives you information you can use to furtheryour own protection, detection and forensics practices.Profile 1: The External AttackProfile 2: Credit Card CrooksProfile 3: Filching Files from WithinAdrian Lamo: Profiling network administratorsMeeces to pieces: What motivates the computer criminalProfiling definedAll contents copyright 1995-2009 Network World, Inc. http://www.networkworld.com10/1/2009http://www.networkworld.com/resear…networkworld.com/cgi-bin/mailto/x.cgi…1/1
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