On Intrusion Forensics

A piece on the difficulty of monitoring intrusion events, particularly those that tamper with source code.

January 20, 2010

Fearing Hackers Who Leave No Trace

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The crown jewels of GoogleCisco Systems or any other technology company are the millions of lines of programming instructions, known as source code, that make its products run.

If hackers could steal those key instructions and copy them, they could easily dull the company’s competitive edge in the marketplace. More insidiously, if attackers were able to make subtle, undetected changes to that code, they could essentially give themselves secret access to everything the company and its customers did with the software.



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