Monday, October 18, 2010

Network security open to new attack

Network security open to new attack | IT PRO

All network security equipment, the strongest of which is used by the financial industry, is exposed to a new kind of online attack, Finnish data security vendor Stonesoft claimed today.

Stonesoft said it has found a new threat category – advanced evasion techniques (AETs) – which simultaneously combined different evasions in several layers of networks, and in the process became invisible for security gear.

While evasions – tools hackers often use to penetrate network security – are nothing new, AETs package them in new ways to let attackers bypass most firewalls and intrusion detection and prevention systems (IPS) without being detected.

This could give them access to data on secure corporate networks and allow them to plant further attacks.

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