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Profiling Software Provides New Security Against Hackers

A suspected crooked insider at a New York software company sells consumer-credit reports to identity thieves at roughly $30 a pop in a high-tech scam that victimizes at least 30,000 people. An unemployed British computer administrator fights extradition to face federal charges in Virginia and New Jersey that he hacked into 92 separate U.S. military and government networks, often getting past easy-to-guess passwords to download sensitive data. These and other recent computer-network intrusions, perpetrated by hackers, moles or tricksters intent on theft, sabotage or cyber-terrorism, have given rise to a promising profiling-and-reasoning strategy aimed at preventing online break-ins as they happen. Just as police use profiling to guard against criminals at ports and borders, researchers in upstate New York are developing software that can generate highly personalized profiles of network users by analyzing the sequences of commands entered at each computer terminal. Full Story

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