Tuesday, April 23, 2002

New White Paper from CERT on Current Internet Attack Trends

This new white paper (pdf) from CERT gives a brief overview of recent trends that affect the ability of organizations (and individuals) to use the Internet safely. Some of the trends discussed:

• Automation of attack tools

• Increasing permeability of firewalls

• Increasing threat from infrastructure attacks

One of the most frightening quotes:

"Because of the advances in attack technology, a single attacker can relatively easily employ a large number of distributed systems to launch devastating attacks against a single victim. As the automation of deployment and the sophistication of attack tool management both increase, the asymmetric nature of the threat will continue to grow."

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