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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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Increasing Militarization Of The Internet

The rise of Stuxnet, Flame, Gause, the Olympic Games operations and Shamoon have all shed light on the issue of nation-state driven cyberwarfare and cyberespionage activities. Now that we are in cyberspace, we have another domain for humans to occupy and dominate, according to Ed Skoudis, founder of Counter Hack Challenges.

Skoudis told RSA Conference 2013 attendees that he worries about some of the risks of taking action over the Internet. Many of the nation-state driven activities could have a tremendous impact on the private sector, he said. "It could have a cascading impact," he said. "It is possible that every cyberaction could cause bigger problems than people think." Some of the techniques outlined by Skoudis and Johannes Ullrich, chief research officer at the SANS Institute are not new, but they are being ramped up by cybercriminals to become a serious problem.

Here's a look at the five most dangerous new hacking techniques that concern top security experts Ullrich and Skoudis.

 
 
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