What Do Intruders Want?

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 privileges.
Get comfortable.
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 ...

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