Smart Cards No Match for Online Spies

    Date27 Jan 2011
    CategoryPrivacy
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    Posted ByAlex
    The U.S. government has been stepping up its use of smart cards to help lock down its computer networks, but hackers have found ways around them. Over the past 18 months, security consultancy Mandiant has come across several cases where determined attackers were able to get onto computers or networks that required both smart cards and passwords. In a report set to be released Thursday, Mandiant calls this technique a "smart card proxy."

    The attack works in several steps. First, the criminals hack their way onto a PC. Often they'll do this by sending a specially crafted e-mail message to someone at the network they're trying to break into. The message will include an malicious attachment that, when opened, gives the hacker a foothold in the network.

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