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Cyber threats and expanding tactics

by Brian Sims

Hactivists, disgruntled employees, and other cyber threat actors intent on sabotaging an organisation, are expanding their tactics beyond Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, warns Dell SecureWorks’ Enterprise Brand and Executive Threat Surveillance team. The team monitors social media sites, forums, and other public information sources, looking for conversations and other indicators that a customer’s brand or its executives might be the target of a cyber-attack. ” Unfortunately, in today’s attack climate, if you are an organisation which is likely to be a target of hacktivism and you do not have an intelligence team monitoring the Internet on your behalf, you have to be prepared for far more than just one attack strategy,” said Rick Hayes, Sr. Manager, Security and Risk Consulting for Dell SecureWorks.” The cyber campaigns being launched by hacktivists today aren’t merely consisting of a Denial of Service (DoS) and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks (where large amounts of Internet traffic are directed at a website in hopes of knocking it offline),” continued Hayes.” But rather, we are seeing hackers launch a barrage of different cyber-attacks at their target including everything from DDoS attacks to website defacements, web application attacks, and spear phishing attacks looking to steal valuable customer and employee data to the hijacking of corporate Twitter credentials.” For more on this, see the October edition of Risk UK

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