An Overview of Electronic Attacks

An Overview of Electronic Attacks

Thomas M. Chen, Chris Davis
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 26
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-872-7.ch001
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This chapter gives an overview of the major types of electronic attacks encountered today and likely to continue into the foreseeable future. A comprehensive understanding of attackers, their motives, and their methods is a prerequisite for digital crime investigation. The range of possible cyber attacks is almost unlimited, but many attacks generally follow the basic steps of reconnaissance, gaining access, and cover-up. We highlight common methods and tools used by attackers in each step. In addition, attacks are not necessarily directed toward specific targets. Viruses, worms, and spam are examples of large-scale attacks directed at compromising as many systems as possible.

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