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5 Most Dangerous New Hacking Techniques

From scrubbing memory of data to leaving a phony trail in malware code, some attackers are upping the ante when it comes to hacking into systems and stealing corporate data or controlling processes, say security experts who outlined the threat trends at the 2013 RSA Conference.

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Large Scale DDoS Attacks

U.S. banks have spent a lot of time investing substantial resources to defend distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. They are simple and don't require a lot of resources.

While the attacks are not new, businesses and attackers have been playing a cat and mouse game, said Johannes Ullrich, chief research officer at the SANS Institute, told RSA Conference attendees. Attack tools are getting better at tricking DNS anti-DDoS defenses, he said. Attacks are getting larger, up to over 40 gigabits per second. The attacker only needs 2,000 bots to carry them out, Ullrich said.

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