Social engineering attacks on the rise

Grant, Ian
November 2007
Computer Weekly;11/27/2007, p1
Trade Publication
The article reports that the Sans Institute's latest annual list of the top 20 attack targets will reveal that criminals are increasingly using social engineering attacks to penetrate corporate information technology (IT) defences. Alan Palier, research director at the Sans Institute, said criminals are turning to indirect attacks, such as tricking staff into revealing passwords, or planting malicious code on Websites. The Sans research found an increase in hackers planting malicious code on corporate Web sites.


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