Government agencies, power companies, international corporations, hospitals, airports and now some of the worlds’ most prestigious universities are among the hacked. In this digital age, no one and no business is safe. If the hackers put their mind to getting into a system, they are going to use all their smarts to accomplish the task.
Businesses today are having to put their cyber security resources into trying to stay a step ahead of the hackers or at best minimizing the damage a breach can cause. Yet, with sophisticated phishing campaigns being initiated by the criminals it is becoming more and more difficult for employees and other users of official sites to know what’s real and what’s not.
Hackers Setting Their Sights Higher
The FBI says that the recently plundered organizations included about 144 US universities, 176 foreign universities in 21 countries, 5 federal and state government agencies in the US, 36 private companies in the US, 11 foreign private companies, and 2 international non-governmental organizations. As I mentioned earlier, no one is safe from the tactics of cyber criminals
How Hackers Got Into Universities
In the most recent university breach, it was reported that, “The hackers allegedly obtained access to university systems and research databases by phishing university staff and students, prompting them to reset their passwords at the spoofed domains.”
Because hackers are so smart and know how to leverage multiple psychological triggers to get the attention of an innocent victim, it’s imperative that businesses keep their systems updated and continually educate their employees. They must stay abreast of the tactics that hackers are using so they can be savvy and not take an email at face-value.
Hackers are innovators and will continue to become more sophisticated with the tactics they use and advance their utilization of social engineering in order to get what they want.
How Theft Was Discovered
More often than not these types of breaches are discovered long after the systems have been infected. The recent theft that took place was reported by researchers who discovered a URL spoofing a login page for a university. It turned out to be just the tip of the iceberg.
As the researchers went deeper they uncovered 16 domains containing over 300 spoofed websites and login pages for a global campaign targeting 76 universities located in 14 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK, and the US.
Valuable Research Property
With extremely valuable intellectual property coming from university research projects, institutes of higher learning are prime targets for cyber criminals. Those universities concerned with national infrastructure, technology, and defense, be it cyber or on the battlefield are of major interest to the criminals.
Cybersecurity Must Be Smarter And Faster
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