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Geek Speak Quiz: Security attacks

Everyone wants their systems to be secure. But how much do you know about different types of security attacks? Take our quiz and test your knowledge about the tricks, traps and dirty techniques of security hackers and crackers.

1. To prevent this simple but effective security attack, experts recommend that you shield paperwork or your keypad from view by using your body or cupping your hand.
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2. In this kind of attack, an intruder might intercept messages in a public key exchange and then retransmit them, substituting their own public key for the requested one.
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3. This is a computer whose security has been compromised so that it intermittently carries out a denial-of-service attack on other targeted computers.
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4. In order to identify security risks, you might want to use one of these to place network interfaces into promiscuous mode -- which allows the system to access all the data in each network packet.
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5. This is a computer system on the Internet that is expressly set up to attract and "trap" people who attempt to penetrate other people's computer systems.
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6. Created by a group of hackers called the Cult of the Dead Cow, this Windows application allows someone at one computer to control everything on another, remote computer.
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7. This denial of service attack sends a ping message addressed to an IP broadcast address. Enough pings and resultant echoes can flood the network and make it unusable for real traffic.
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8. Because the range of a wireless LAN sometimes extends outside a company's office building, a hacker might try to use this technique to obtain a free Internet connection or gain access to company records and other resources.
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9. A sophisticated intruder might install this collection of tools on a computer in order to mask his or her presence.
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10. This kind of attack can be tough to prosecute if the intruder insists that their behavior is the equivalent of a protest and should be protected as a form of free speech.
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    This was first published in April 2005

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