As the preceding section mentioned, network attackers approach their craft from a number of motivations. Their goals might differ, but they all have the goal of gaining power and control of a computer system or network. Many of their intermediate steps are therefore the same.
The computer attack and infiltration process is organized around the following steps:
Get access to the system.
Get ready for the next attack.
It is also worth noting that, for coordinated and well-organized attacks on computer networks, a separate reconnaissance phase often precedes these steps.
Attackers have several methods for gaining entry and getting comfortable, and, although it isn’t possible ...