Report on targeted attacks on corporate networks
Panda Software has presented a white paper entitled “Protection for corporate networks against targeted attacks” to offer network administrators information about this type of threat and how to combat it.
Unlike the typical malicious code attacks, which aim to affect as many systems as possible, targeted attacks focus on a specific user. Typical examples include cyber-crooks who use instant messaging to gain the trust of potential victims before sending them infected files.
Although many of these attacks use known malicious code, in the case of large companies, bespoke malware is often used to increase the chances of success. The malicious code becomes far more complex, as the objectives of the criminals attacking a large corporation are far more ambitious: financial theft, creation of botnets, stealing critical data, sabotage, industrial espionage, etc. These types of attacks are frequently bankrolled by organised gangs or rival companies.
The “Protection of corporate networks against targeted attacks” white paper can be freely downloaded from: www.pandasoftware.com/attacks (registration required).