Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Web attacks get personal

Malware purveyors are increasingly tailoring their virus distribution and attack techniques to take advantage of different classes of end-users, according to researchers with the Internet Security Systems' X-Force team at IBM.

Top experts with the Atlanta-based research operation said that malware writers, phishing scheme operators, and botnet herders are more frequently employing so-called personalization tools to make their attacks more effective.

Much like the online marketing companies that gather bits of information to target advertising at individual Web users, cybercriminals are creating malware outlets and code executions that scan readily-available details about people's' computing posture to find appropriate recipients for their work.

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