Friday, May 06, 2005

Experts Say Business Network Attack May Be a Distraction

Scare tactics and conspiracy theories abound.

Erik Larkin (Medill News Service) writes in PCWorld that:

The recent Internet attacks that invaded business networks and installed a barrage of adware and spyware on vulnerable computers may have been a smoke screen put up by a new generation of sophisticated hackers out to make money rather than cause trouble, security analysts say.

Larkin goes on to say that:

[...] an IT person might remove all the obvious programs and think a system had been disinfected, only to leave behind the one program the attackers really meant to install. That sneaky piece of software could then join a "bot" network used to distribute spam, for instance, or it could get to work collecting personal information.



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