Friday, March 24, 2006

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The Rise of Crimeware (Scientific American - SCIAM)

“My company scans 13 million emails a day, and of that email we stop between 3 million and 10 million messages a day because they contain some kind of malware [malicious software]. Of the malware we're seeing, 99.9% is crimeware--something where the bad guys are trying to steal money from the end user.”

“Even more insidious than phishing [define] is "pharming." Pharming is where the attackers poison the DNS with false information. [Domain name system (DNS) servers operate the database that translates a host name such as www.sciam.com into an IP address such as 216.68.232.11.] So no email is required to trick you into going to the wrong site; you simply type your bank's URL into your browser and the DNS misdirects you to the Russian mafia.”
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