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When Does Targeting Make Sense for an Attacker?
March-April 2013 (vol. 11 no. 2)
pp. 89-92
Cormac Herley, Microsoft Research
How do so many Internet users escape harm? The range of attacks is enormous and growing; we know that most users neglect even basic defense measures. Yet things somehow muddle along: 2 billion people use the Internet and seem to derive more good than harm from it. If security is only as good as the weakest link, why don't worst-case outcomes happen regularly? Why isn't everyone hacked every day? The answer might lie in economics rather than technology.
Index Terms:
Internet,Privacy,Computer security,Network security,targeted attacks,economics,scalability
Citation:
Cormac Herley, "When Does Targeting Make Sense for an Attacker?," IEEE Security & Privacy, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 89-92, March-April 2013, doi:10.1109/MSP.2013.46
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