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Crimeware: Understanding New Attacks and Defenses

by Markus Jakobsson, Zulfikar Ramzan

Pearson Education | April 6, 2008 | Trade Paperback |

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"This book is the most current and comprehensive analysis of the state of Internet security threats right now. The review of current issues and predictions about problems years away are critical for truly understanding crimeware. Every concerned person should have a copy and use it for reference."

-Garth Bruen, Project KnujOn Designer

 

There's a new breed of online predators-serious criminals intent on stealing big bucks and top-secret information-and their weapons of choice are a dangerous array of tools called "crimeware." With an ever-growing number of companies, organizations, and individuals turning to the Internet to get things done, there's an urgent need to understand and prevent these online threats.

 

Crimeware: Understanding New Attacks and Defenses will help security professionals, technical managers, students, and researchers understand and prevent specific crimeware threats. This book guides you through the essential security principles, techniques, and countermeasures to keep you one step ahead of the criminals, regardless of evolving technology and tactics. Security experts Markus Jakobsson and Zulfikar Ramzan have brought together chapter contributors who are among the best and the brightest in the security industry. Together, they will help you understand how crimeware works, how to identify it, and how to prevent future attacks before your company's valuable information falls into the wrong hands. In self-contained chapters that go into varying degrees of depth, the book provides a thorough overview of crimeware, including not only concepts prevalent in the wild, but also ideas that so far have only been seen inside the laboratory.

 

With this book, you will 

  • Understand current and emerging security threats including rootkits, bot networks, spyware, adware, and click fraud
  • Recognize the interaction between various crimeware threats
  • Gain awareness of the social, political, and legal implications of these threats
  • Learn valuable countermeasures to stop crimeware in its tracks, now and in the future
  • Acquire insight into future security trends and threats, and create an effective defense plan

With contributions by Gary McGraw, Andrew Tanenbaum, Dave Cole, Oliver Friedrichs, Peter Ferrie, and others.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 608 Pages, 6.69 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: April 6, 2008

Publisher: Pearson Education

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0321501950

ISBN - 13: 9780321501950

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Crimeware: Understanding New Attacks and Defenses

Crimeware: Understanding New Attacks and Defenses

by Markus Jakobsson, Zulfikar Ramzan

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 608 Pages, 6.69 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: April 6, 2008

Publisher: Pearson Education

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0321501950

ISBN - 13: 9780321501950

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Traditionally, malware has been thought of as a purely technical threat, relying principally on technical vulnerabilities for infection. Its authors were motivated by intellectual curiosity and, sometimes, by competition with other malware authors. This book draws attention to the fact that this is all history. Infection vectors of today take advantage of social context, employ deceit, and may use data-mining techniques to tailor attacks to the intended victims. Their goal is profit or political power. Malware has become crimeware . That is, malware has moved out of basements and college dorms, and is now a tool firmly placed in the hands of organized crime, terror organizations, and aggressive governments. This transformation comes at a time when society increasingly has come to depend on the Internet for its structure and stability, and it raises a worrisome question: What will happen next? This book tries to answer that question by a careful exposition of what crimeware is, how it behaves, and what trends are evident. The book is written for readers from a wide array of backgrounds. Most sections and chapters start out describing a given angle from a bird’s-eye view, using language that makes the subject approachable to readers without deep technical knowledge. The chapters and sections then delve into more detail, often concluding with a degree of technical detail that may be of interest only to security researchers. It is up to you to decide when you understand eno
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Table of Contents

Preface xvii About the Authors xxi   Chapter 1: Overview of Crimeware 1 1.1 Introduction 2 1.2 Prevalence of Crimeware 4 1.3 Crimeware Threat Model and Taxonomy 5 1.4 A Crimeware Menagerie 8 1.5 Crimeware Distribution 19 1.6 Infection and Compromise Points, Chokepoints, and Countermeasures 25 1.7 Crimeware Installation 29 1.8 Crimeware Usage 31 1.9 Organizing Principles for the Remainder of This Text 35   Chapter 2: A Taxonomy of Coding Errors 37 2.1 The Trinity of Trouble 38 2.2 The Seven Pernicious Kingdoms 40 2.3 The Phyla 46 2.4 More Phyla Needed 52   Chapter 3: Crimeware and Peer-to-Peer Networks 55 3.1 Malware in Peer-to-Peer Networks 55 3.2 Human-Propagated Crimeware 76   Chapter 4: Crimeware in Small Devices 83 4.1 Propagation Through USB Drives 83 4.2 Radio Frequency ID Crimeware 89 4.3 Mobile Crimeware 99   Chapter 5: Crimeware in Firmware 103 5.1 Propagation by Firmware Updates 103 5.2 Modeling WiFi Malware Epidemics 130   Chapter 6: Crimeware in the Browser 155 6.1 Transaction Generators: Rootkits for the Web 155 6.2 Drive-By Pharming 160 6.3 Using JavaScript to Commit Click Fraud 167   Chapter 7: Bot Networks 183 7.1 Introduction 183 7.2 Network-Oriented Features of Botnets 188 7.3 Software Features of Bots 205 7.4 Web Bots and the General Future of Botnets 215 7.5 Countermeasures 224   Chapter 8: Rootkits 229 8.1 Introduction 229 8.2 Evolution of Rootkits 231 8.3 User-Mode Windows Rootkits 233 8.4 Kernel-Mode Rootkit Techn
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From the Publisher

"This book is the most current and comprehensive analysis of the state of Internet security threats right now. The review of current issues and predictions about problems years away are critical for truly understanding crimeware. Every concerned person should have a copy and use it for reference."

-Garth Bruen, Project KnujOn Designer

 

There's a new breed of online predators-serious criminals intent on stealing big bucks and top-secret information-and their weapons of choice are a dangerous array of tools called "crimeware." With an ever-growing number of companies, organizations, and individuals turning to the Internet to get things done, there's an urgent need to understand and prevent these online threats.

 

Crimeware: Understanding New Attacks and Defenses will help security professionals, technical managers, students, and researchers understand and prevent specific crimeware threats. This book guides you through the essential security principles, techniques, and countermeasures to keep you one step ahead of the criminals, regardless of evolving technology and tactics. Security experts Markus Jakobsson and Zulfikar Ramzan have brought together chapter contributors who are among the best and the brightest in the security industry. Together, they will help you understand how crimeware works, how to identify it, and how to prevent future attacks before your company's valuable information falls into the wrong hands. In self-contained chapters that go into varying degrees of depth, the book provides a thorough overview of crimeware, including not only concepts prevalent in the wild, but also ideas that so far have only been seen inside the laboratory.

 

With this book, you will 

  • Understand current and emerging security threats including rootkits, bot networks, spyware, adware, and click fraud
  • Recognize the interaction between various crimeware threats
  • Gain awareness of the social, political, and legal implications of these threats
  • Learn valuable countermeasures to stop crimeware in its tracks, now and in the future
  • Acquire insight into future security trends and threats, and create an effective defense plan

With contributions by Gary McGraw, Andrew Tanenbaum, Dave Cole, Oliver Friedrichs, Peter Ferrie, and others.

From the Jacket

"This book is the most current and comprehensive analysis of the state of Internet security threats right now. The review of current issues and predictions about problems years away are critical for truly understanding crimeware. Every concerned person should have a copy and use it for reference."

-Garth Bruen, Project KnujOn Designer

 

There's a new breed of online predators-serious criminals intent on stealing big bucks and top-secret information-and their weapons of choice are a dangerous array of tools called "crimeware." With an ever-growing number of companies, organizations, and individuals turning to the Internet to get things done, there's an urgent need to understand and prevent these online threats.

 

Crimeware: Understanding New Attacks and Defenses will help security professionals, technical managers, students, and researchers understand and prevent specific crimeware threats. This book guides you through the essential security principles, techniques, and countermeasures to keep you one step ahead of the criminals, regardless of evolving technology and tactics. Security experts Markus Jakobsson and Zulfikar Ramzan have brought together chapter contributors who are among the best and the brightest in the security industry. Together, they will help you understand how crimeware works, how to identify it, and how to prevent future attacks before your company's valuable information falls into the wrong hands. In self-contained chapters that go into varying degrees of depth, the book provides a thorough overview of crimeware, including not only concepts prevalent in the wild, but also ideas that so far have only been seen inside the laboratory.

 

With this book, you will 

  • Understand current and emerging security threats including rootkits, bot networks, spyware, adware, and click fraud
  • Recognize the interaction between various crimeware threats
  • Gain awareness of the social, political, and legal implications of these threats
  • Learn valuable countermeasures to stop crimeware in its tracks, now and in the future
  • Acquire insight into future security trends and threats, and create an effective defense plan

With contributions by Gary McGraw, Andrew Tanenbaum, Dave Cole, Oliver Friedrichs, Peter Ferrie, and others.

About the Author

Markus Jakobsson, Ph.D., is currently principal scientist at Palo Alto Research Center and an adjunct associate professor at Indiana University. The coauthor of more than one hundred peer-reviewed articles and co-inventor of more than fifty patents, Markus studies the human factor of security and cryptographic protocols with an emphasis on privacy.

 

Zulfikar Ramzan, Ph.D., is currently a senior principal researcher with Symantec Security Response. Coauthor of more than fifty technical articles and one other book, Zulfikar is a frequent speaker on his areas of expertise: theoretical and practical aspects of information security and cryptography.

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