Tuesday, July 28, 2009

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.

Read the rest of the Wired article here.

1 comment:

Rob said...

It amazes me that we can have constant security and not constantly test and challenge it, because if somebody wants to breech it they will work hard to do it, complacent security only keeps out those who really didn't want to get in. Complacent security = no security rather it is just a visitor coordination service. It takes a thief to catch a thief, you have to think like they do.