Hackers: Older, Wiser, Richer, More Dangerous
This is the future of hacking: professional, smart, and above-all well-funded. In the old days, hackers were mostly kids and college-age acolytes sowing their wild oats before joining the establishment. Today, the best hackers have the skill and discipline of the best legitimate programmers and security gurus. They're using mind-bending obfuscation techniques to deliver malicious code from hacked websites undetected. They're writing malware for mobile phones and PDAs. The underground has even embraced the next-generation internet protocol IPv6, according to research by IBM -- setting up IPv6 chat rooms, file stores and websites, even as legitimate adoption lags. Ten years ago, an oft-repeated aphorism held that hackers were unskilled vandals: Just because they can break a window, doesn't mean they could build one. Today's bad guys could handcraft the stained glass in the Sainte-Chapelle.
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