Date Added: Jan 2010
Hydraq (aka "Aurora") is the latest high profile security incident to hit the news. Hydraq is a targeted attack that is also currently referred to as Aurora, Google Attacks, and the Microsoft IE Vulnerability. Through the exploitation of a vulnerability, it attempts to install a trojan on a specific computer that steals information - often highly confidential materials or intellectual property - from that machine. This type of attack is often called an advanced persistent threat because of the sophistication and persistence of the attack within a business. This recent event is a reminder that antivirus protection alone is not enough. The underlying vulnerabilities used in this attack are now widely known and have already been exploited by other cybercriminals.