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Current attacks to distributed systems involve multiple steps, due to attackers usually taking multiple actions to achieve their goals. Such attacks are called multi-stage attacks and have the ultimate goal to compromise a critical asset for the victim. An example would be com-promising a web server, then achieve a series of intermediary steps (such as compromising a developer's box thanks to a vulnerable PHP module and connecting to a FTP server with gained credentials) to ultimately connect to a database where user credentials are stored. Current detection systems are not capable of analyzing the multi-step attack scenario.
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