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How (And Why) Hackers Target Your Business
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1/25/2016 | 6:42:56 PM
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I look forward to the panel.  I think it is also important to remind companies that hackers are not always in their business for the money.  This is an important distinction because tactics change between those seeking profit and those seeking information, or to do harm.  Especially with mega corporations who may have leadership who are clueless as to why someone would have a grudge against their company, making the assumption that cyber attackers are only there for the money could cost dearly.  Also, how one responds to a cyber-attack might depend upon whether they are just thieves, or on a mission driven by a cause.  It's definitely a new era and "hackers" are far more than the band of thieves many imagine they are.
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1/25/2016 | 7:01:08 PM
Re: More that the Dollar Bill
It's also important to consider the potential links between ability of hackers to do damage and the kind of damage they are looking to do.  The quality of attacks you'll face from Russian cybergangs looking to make some fast bucks will be very different from the quality of attacks you'll face from Chinese nation-state hackers, which in turn are very different from the quality of attacks you'll face from independent hacktivists.  Additionally, different things are at stake in all three examples.
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1/25/2016 | 10:45:40 PM
Re: More that the Dollar Bill
And we haven't even mentioned autonomous RATs, bots and spiders!  There's nothing more exciting (or tragic) than trying to anticipate through the chaos of "self-sufficient" and "self-aware" hacking tools when they will next strike.  How many of these things are out there, now orphans, their creators long gone, still infecting and attacking systems...
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1/27/2016 | 3:36:35 PM
Re: More that the Dollar Bill
@Christian: I'm curious to what extent "good-guy" AI tools could be used to help defeat the "self-aware" bots and tools out there that you mention.
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1/28/2016 | 11:45:54 AM
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Joe, I think the orphan scenario presents challenges, but doesn't require tools other than what is out there already.  While a person won't be at the other end of the orphan's data stream to receive/utilize stolen info, or to update instructions/features, there is risk that a potential step-parent could stumble upon them and take over their use.  If dormant, all you can do is use existing tools to comb through systems and look for known signatures in activity and code profiles.  If active and trying to reach out to its absent parent or systems long down where data would have been sent, all the same network and data analysis tools would be used to detect aberrant activity.  

Of course, if this were Ghost in the Shell, things would be a whole lot more interesting and there's be AI-driven bots out there hunting down these orphans and shredding them into digital oblivion... sorry, got carried away there :-)
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1/28/2016 | 12:34:41 PM
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I think that was also a Fairly Oddparents episode.  ;)


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