ICT Critical Infrastructures and Society

Volume 386 of the series IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology pp 226-236

Mapping the Most Significant Computer Hacking Events to a Temporal Computer Attack Model

  • Renier van HeerdenAffiliated withCouncil for Scientific and Industrial ResearchRhodes University
  • , Heloise PieterseAffiliated withCouncil for Scientific and Industrial Research
  • , Barry IrwinAffiliated withRhodes University

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This paper presents eight of the most significant computer hacking events (also known as computer attacks). These events were selected because of their unique impact, methodology, or other properties. A temporal computer attack model is presented that can be used to model computer based attacks. This model consists of the following stages: Target Identification, Reconnaissance, Attack, and Post-Attack Reconnaissance stages. The Attack stage is separated into: Ramp-up, Damage and Residue. This paper demonstrates how our eight significant hacking events are mapped to the temporal computer attack model. The temporal computer attack model becomes a valuable asset in the protection of critical infrastructure by being able to detect similar attacks earlier.


computer attack model ontology network attack prediction