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12/19/2016
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5 Ways The Cyber-Threat Landscape Shifted In 2016

IoT botnets and turnkey phishing services were just some of the ways the bad guys stayed ahead in 2016
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Change is the one constant in the threat landscape, and cyber events of 2016 served as a reminder of that aphorism in multiple and often painful ways.

Whether it was stealing tens of millions of dollars from financial institutions, locking hospitals and mass-transit systems out of critical data, or assembling deadly attack networks from innocuous consumer devices, adversaries as always found a way to stay one step ahead of the good guys. They continued to surprise and outmaneuver defenders by constantly innovating, improving, and evolving their tactics, techniques and procedures.

Here in no special order are five broad threat categories that evolved, mutated, or grew faster than many had anticipated.

 

Jai Vijayan is a seasoned technology reporter with over 20 years of experience in IT trade journalism. He was most recently a Senior Editor at Computerworld, where he covered information security and data privacy issues for the publication. Over the course of his 20-year ... View Full Bio
 

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1/22/2017 | 8:57:46 AM
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Thanks for the article.  Clearly a number of threats out there, but what can the average Joe do to protect house, family and business during these times?
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12/29/2016 | 2:53:56 PM
Operational Technology at Increased Risk
Excellent article!  It highlights a key point that both threat vectors and threat surfaces are increasing -- much of it directly related to two key trends: 1) BYOD (infected or unsecured personal devices connecting to previously-thought secured networks), and 2) IoT (referring to both greenfield IP-enabled devices and brownfield industrial SCADA devices and controllers -- also known as Operational Technology or OT).

 

Since 2010 when news of the first serious attack of a SCADA system involving Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) -- the attack worm subsequently named "STUXNET" -- there have been many more OT attacks.  Most recently, the Ukranian power grid has been attacked twice, affecting thousands of people in the dead of winter.

 

Without question, Cyber-threats are a serious concern for IP-connected IoT devices.  Yet it's the looming threat to OT devices that really deserves more attention.  I can live quite comfortably without network access.  Living at the same level of comfort without electricity, water, or natural gas service for an extended period of time (along with thousands of other cold, hungry, thirsty people) is quite another matter altogether.
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12/20/2016 | 11:26:47 PM
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This is a very thought provoking article, thanks for sharing it
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12/20/2016 | 12:14:39 PM
Re: Nobody's Laughing Now
Christian, thanks for the RedTeam Security - redteamsecure.com -  shout out. Also, your comments are exactly on point! Couldn't have said it better ourselves.
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12/20/2016 | 10:27:14 AM
Nobody's Laughing Now
This is definitely the decade of the cybercriminal, and it's leading into their century, too.  Any of us close to tech knew we were coming here.  It's the perfect environment for teams like RedTeam Security to thrive in because awareness is higher than ever that security measures are weak at best in most companies, if they even are in place.  Years ago "they" used to laugh at the idea of most of these exploits and toolkits even being possible, considering the idea more fiction than reality.  Nobody's laughing now.  What is funny is that I don't think the creativity of the hacker culture has even yet fully filtered into the cybercriminal toolkit.  Tech innovation is rushing forward and the hacker genius that is coding the next big software projects is also the same genius creating new and unknown exploit opportunities unknowingly, and pushing the boundaries of what we know about software programming so cybercrime can invent more landmarks for the cyber-threat landscape.  Soon, this list is going to have to expand to 10, 15 or 20 highlights as there will be much more activity and more criminal teams out there (more innovative, too) in the years to come.
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