Malicious attack trends: good, bad, and worse

Friday, 7 October 2005, 12:52 PM EST

Hacking used to be for script kiddies and technical wizards trying to prove a point and gain Net cred. Today, they are being crowded out by hackers making a living. Hackers use increasingly sophisticated worms, Trojans, and bots that they then sell to the highest bidder. Bidders are looking to send spam and adware, increase click-through rates, implement random DoS attacks, and steal credit card information, identity information, corporate information, and anything else that will turn a quick profit.

By Roger A. Grimes at InfoWorld.

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