Computer Security Issues

Computers are under constant attack: 15-30 infections/day at Cornell which "phone home"

  • Active
    • Probing for active accounts with passwords: SSH, ftp, mail
    • Probing for unpatched operating system and software vulnerabilities
    • "Social Engineering" -- pretending to be someone who needs access
  • Passive
    • Viruses in email
    • Malware (malicious software) in compromised Web pages and advertisements aka drive-by-downloads
    • Trojan Horses (e.g. fake Anti-virus)

-- SeldenBall - 2012-07-02
Topic revision: r2 - 07 Feb 2019, AdminDevinBougie
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