LET E-BATTLE COMMENCE
Are we moving into an era of criminal - and state - driven total cyber-war? Let OPSWAT’s man tell you what you should be terrified of…
The threat of cyber-attacks is increasing. Criminals can find rich pickings on the internet, and extremist groups and totalitarian governments have built up cadres of security professionals and developers, boosting their presence on the dark web. Here’s everything you need to know.
Motivation Many cyber criminals are simply looking for money and fame among their fellows, others are motivated by ideological or political considerations.
Funding Getting emails from Nigerian fraudsters may seem funny to you, but the fact is that much cyber-crime is funded by the masses who fall for spam, phishing and ransomware attacks. The massive bank heist seemingly conducted from Russia in February proves that malware-borne attacks can provide huge payouts.
Then there’s the government-funded side. Many of the state actors are focused on espionage, but can also enact physical attacks, as seen with the famous Stuxnet worm used to sabotage the Iranian nuclear program.
Who? Countries including the United States, China, South Korea and, yes, Australia employ special operations as a part of their cyber defence strategy. Although surveillance