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Special Report

Attack Toolkits and Malicious Websites

Launching widespread attacks on networked computers used to be a task reserved for a rare few hackers – those with an extensive knowledge of programming. This is no longer the case. The advent of attack toolkits has lowered the bar significantly, opening the doors for anyone with a basic understanding of networking and computers to produce threats that exploit vulnerabilities.
These toolkits are used to enable the theft of sensitive information or to convert compromised computers into a network of botnets in order to mount additional attacks. They are advertised and sold in the online underground economy. Symantec believes that attack kits play a significant role in the continuing evolution of cybercrime into a self-sustaining, profitable, and increasingly organized economic model worth millions of dollars.
This report provides an in-depth look at the evolution of attack kits, their features and how hackers use them to lure in victims, especially online. The report also provides mitigation techniques to help protect your organization from the sophisticated attacks created by these toolkits.