7Preparing for Attacks

He sits at his keyboard, making notes about targets. He knows, based on the size of his target, how much work he will need to do to be harder to spot as he takes on another target. Targets that are less likely to have any detection in place. These same targets may also be less likely to have any ability to look back at historical data. Targets that aren't doing much in the way of detection or logging are much easier because it means he will have to do much less work to avoid detection and also very little work to clean up after himself.

He connects to a fresh target and immediately checks to see whether there is anything running locally that might send any data anywhere, whether it's a host-based intrusion detection system or just log data. Desktop systems are far less likely to have these protections on them and because they often have permissions to where all of the interesting data is, they make great systems to attack. Easier to gain and retain access without anyone being aware and once he has access, he can continue to extract data and gain access to additional systems on the network without worrying about covering tracks or cleaning up anything. Life is so much easier when no one is paying any attention to ...

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