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Carbanak Attack: Two Hours to Total Compromise
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6/5/2019 | 9:20:06 AM
Two immed take-aways
There are many lessons here. The infection began with two users opening an infected email - user education would go miles towards improving these events which are all too common.  Second, base infection took 2 hours which is more or less human time once detected.  Initial infection took FAR shorter though so humans do not respond fast enough.  Here is where automated tools come in to effective use.  Third less obvious is that attackers did good recon work and kept a low low profile.  If you break into a home, do not do it at dinnertime.   Daytime with a moving van and uniforms (with nobody home) often works for spying neighbors.   Thieves always perform recon first to see defenses and patterns, such as lights on and off during vacations.  (They attacked ONLY during business hours).  All attack data flowed through one, 1, machine making that more suspect as a bad endpoint by itself instead of a gigantic door.  So there are a ton of good lessons in this tale but user education is tops.   "If you don't need it,don't read it, delete it." 


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