The hackers work almost like real businessmen – they are even polite and write diplomatic-sounding messages to their victims, revealed Erez Wittelstein, Radware’s regional director for Israel and Southeast Europe, in a spectacular presentation, showing copies of letters from ransomware groups to their target victims. With the business etiquette inherent in a serious organization, attackers send warnings when to launch an attack, such as DDoS, where the ransom should be transferred, for how long – with a respectful tone and a streamlined structure.
In addition, members of hacker groups already specialize, have their own internal “professions” and hierarchies. Some of them deal with “marketing” – communication with victims, others with the implementation of attacks, etc. Cyber gangs have their own internal organization, said Mike Hart, vice president of Mandiant.
The entry of cloud technologies in the business opens a new rabbi for attacks, the experts added. The activities exported to the cloud create new vulnerabilities, which are maliciously exploited by malicious players. This includes both reduced visibility over what’s happening in cloud structures, along with issues such as poorly configured applications or too “loose” access rules.
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