The anatomy of a nation-state hack attack

Posted in: Legal & Security at 30/03/2016 19:03

Cyber-security is not all about cyber-thieves. It is about cyber-spies too.

Mixed in among the spam, phishing messages and booby-trapped emails that land in your inbox might be the odd message crafted by hackers working for a government rather than a group of criminals.

Unfortunately, those messages are not odd in any other way. They look like every other net-borne threat. That is because the creators of these malicious programs usually exploit the same software vulnerabilities as mainstream malware, they can travel via the same hijacked PCs and they prey on the same human frailties that make the more typical stuff so successful.

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