What Email Hackers Know that you Don't
This document outlines how hackers are exploiting vulnerabilities in e-mail systems, and describes the widely available hacking tools they use.
E-mail’s continually burgeoning popularity makes it an increasingly attractive target for individuals seeking to do harm, either for their own misguided personal satisfaction, or more likely, for financial gain. The first e-mail hackers found simple vulnerabilities in the operating systems and protocol stacks of e-mail systems, and exploited these known weaknesses. Now, however, hackers and virus writers have become specialists, constantly developing new and innovative methods of overcoming the improvements made in today’s security systems. The game of cat-and-mouse is unlikely to end any time soon, if ever. With every improvement in defensive techniques, hackers and virus writers modify their tactics in an attempt to circumvent these defenses and wreak havoc on corporate networks.