Advanced Persistent Threats

Prepare for the "Advanced Persistent Threat"

"A recent string of cyberattacks against large companies, government contractors, financial institutions, and even security providers themselves has highlighted a new type of heist: the advanced persistent threat, or APT.

This spring, these ambitious attacks have hit organizations that have valuable data and the resources to defend it well, including Google, Citigroup, and the International Monetary Fund. A recent APT-style attack on RSA, which provides security technology to some of the biggest banks, alarmed RSA's high-profile clients and appears to have led to an intrusion at Lockheed Martin, an RSA customer.

Unlike recent website takeovers by brazen "hacktivists" or massive thefts of credit card data, APTs are elaborate and sustained con jobs that are difficult to detect. (....)"

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