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Attackers trading malware for privilege

Maria Korolov | Nov. 20, 2014
Access is everything to most criminals.

"We've set up fake online personas, pretending to be a PhD researching cancer therapies or
an engineer developing a new laser module for a defense system," said Peter Tran, senior director of RSA's Worldwide Advanced Cyber Defense Practice, in the report. 

"And what we're seeing is attackers have gotten really good," he said. "They're masquerading as recruiters and reaching out to high-value targets such as senior engineers, business managers. They use social media to start dialogs with valuable insiders, and they take time to cultivate relationships. Based on what we've seen, [attackers are] credible enough to fool most people into providing the entry point they need."


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