The President's Column
Antivirus company McAfee
and R&D company SAIC
recently published a detailed study about IP theft. According to
the study, many cyberthieves now see stealing IP as more profitable
than credit card theft and identity theft. In the Scanning
IP section of this month's newsletter I discuss the ramifications
of this study.
In the Scanning Tools section of this
month's newsletter I discuss DocMate, our new product for comparing
all kinds of documents for signs of plagiarism. It uses the same
technology as CodeMatch and a license is as little as $30 per year
for unlimited use.
Send me your comments and critiques. I'm always interested
in hearing from you.
President, SAFE Corporation
IP Theft is Becoming the New Target for Cyberthieves
Antivirus company McAfee
and R&D company SAIC
recently published a report entitled Underground Economies,
a study of corporate IP theft. According to the study, many cyberthieves
now see stealing IP as more profitable than credit card theft and
identity theft. According to the study:
In the past, cybercriminals targeted personal information such
as credit cards and social security numbers, which were then sold
on the black market. Now, these criminals understand that there
is much greater value in selling a companys proprietary
information to competitors and foreign governments. For example,
a companys legal documents can fetch far more money than
a list of customer credit cards.
The cyber underground economy has shifted its focus to the theft
of corporate intellectual capitalthe new currency of cybercrime.
Intellectual capital encompasses all the value that a company
derives from its intellectual property including trade secrets,
marketing plans, research and development findings and even source
code. For example, Operation Aurora, a targeted attack on Google
and at least 30 other companies, represented a sophisticated attack
designed to steal intellectual capital.
Some of the more interesting findings are:
- Theft of corporate intellectual property is "the new currency
- Some governments support or even conduct theft of trade secrets.
Research estimates that corporate IP is twice as valuable
as custodial data such as credit card information and customer
and medical data.
- Cloud-based services are not only a new target for cyber criminals,
but also but extensive but inexpensive resources into their hands
for carrying out cybercrimes.
- Data breaches, or the credible threat of a data breach, stopped
or slowed a merger, acquisition, or new product rollout at one
fourth of organizations surveyed.
- Yet only a quarter of organizations conduct forensic analysis
after a breach or attempted breach.
- Organizations reported that IP was most often leaked or stolen
by their own employees.
Read the entire study here.
As an ironic side note, the day that this report was released,
security researchers announced that McAfee's own website has serious
vulnerabilities. Read that article here.
Advanced Tools to Detect Plagiarism and IP Theft
Sophisticated sets of tools for analyzing software source code and
object code including:
Check binary object code for plagiarism.
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Compare source code to find differences and measure changes.
The premiere tool for pinpointing copied source code.
Scour the Internet for plagiarized code.
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Our online software comparison service.
Find signs of copying in any document.
SAFE offers training at our facility or yours or on the Web. Contact
us to make arrangements:
in software IP
Your New Office
Remember that you can now have your own secure office at the SAFE
facility for storing proprietary software, running CodeSuite, analyzing
the results, and getting onsite support. We're located at
20863 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
DocMate Detects Plagiarism
S.A.F.E. has recently announced the release of DocMate, a new tool
for comparing all kinds of documents to find plagiarism. Our unique,
patented technology has proved very useful for finding copied computer
code in court. We decided to apply our technology to general documents
like articles, papers, and novels. There have been a few cases where
we built custom applications to compare written engineering specifications.
The results were very useful. In one case, finding copied but modified
software specifications gave clues that showed how one company copied
DocMate can be licensed as the full version or the LT version.
The full version is the professional tool. It creates a database
containing matching elements between two sets of documents. The
full version can automatically search the Internet for all references
to commonly used words and filter them from the database. Also,
sophisticated statistics can be extracted from the database. The
full version costs $150 for a one-year license. The LT version produces
an easy-to-read HTML report showing words, sentences, and paragraphs
that are identical or similar in every pair of documents. The LT
version costs $30 for a one-year license. Register to download your