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The ultimate target may not be you

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Small-to-medium sized businesses often assume that they are not important enough to attract attackers.  Yet, here's an example of corporate espionage where the attacker stole username and passwords for webmail accounts at a small marketing firm doing work for a large electronics manufacturer:

From what is known, says Singer, it appears that Goldenberg managed to get the passwords and log-ins for Web-based e-mail access for four employees at Sapphire, reading Sapphire e-mail on a daily basis for about seven months. Eventually Goldenberg was simply forwarding it to his own e-mail account.

SMBs might also assume that additional security would be too expensive for them.  Yet, we havealready shown how to add two-factor authentication to webmail and that SMB VPNs from companies such as NetgearWatchguard, Astaro, Cisco and others can easily be integrated with WiKID for two-factor authentication at a reasonable price, stopping just such an attack.   

 

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