Battling Bad Guys: Corporate Security Outlook is Tough for 2006By Baselinemag | Posted 2005-12-16 Email Print
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Organized crime hit the Web in a big way during 2005, and will probably hit it even harder in 2006. Some high-profile crews were caught, but the rest are taking better aim at specific targets, and finding new ways to attack. Defenders have some new tricksThe last year has been one of the toughest in the history of the computer security business, and the ugliest for the companies that depend on them.
CardSystems Inc. and other financial-account managers lost information on hundreds of thousands of customers to hackers who have stopped picking at random targets and started picking the most profitable victims.
Hacker crews have also become more organized and focused on extortion as well as theft, though some, like the Shadowcrew mob, have gotten nailed in the process.
And 2006 promises to be even worse, as the volume, sophistication and targeting of attacks becomes even greater. Preparing for a disastrous new year isn't a great way to end the old. But hacking is different from hurricanes and tsunamis, which also took their toll during 2005. With enough preparation, you can stop hackers.
Most of the time.
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