In the Line of Fire: The Press Gets Hacked

Amy Larsen DeCarlo
Amy Larsen DeCarlo

Summary Bullets:

  • Press organizations, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, strongly suspect that Chinese hackers infiltrated their networks looking for information on news sources and research.
  • These attacks – and private sector incidents – underscore the increasing prominence of politically, ideologically, and revenge-driven attacks in the threat environments.

2013 is starting where 2012 left off, with ideologically and politically motivated attacks making headlines, and in the case of a few recent high-profile breaches, making the news outlets that write those headlines extremely anxious.  The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and a number of other press organizations have publicized their own battles against what they suspect are politically backed hackers which have successfully breached their networks in search of data gathered on sources that exposed government scandals.  Though its government has denied any involvement, China specifically has been named for the role that attackers, suspected to be/accused of acting on its behalf, have played on hacking into journalist’s files in search of information used in articles on corruption and other political issues in China. Continue reading “In the Line of Fire: The Press Gets Hacked”

Vertical Target: Financial Services Firms Under Threat

A. DeCarlo
A. DeCarlo

Summary Bullets:

  • The nature of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks is evolving with more frequent and intense events of shorter duration now the norm
  • Cyberattackers are training their sights on high-profile targets such as financial services but no organization is immune

The threat landscape is in a constant state of flux as hackers’ strategies shift and the targets of their attacks change.  DDoS attacks offer one very revealing window into how the threat environment is changing.  Incidents tracked by DDoS vendor Prolexic’s Engineering and Response Team (PLXsert) in Q1 2012 show that while the number of attacks remained relatively constant this quarter and last, the frequency of incidents surged 25% from Q1 2011.  Financial firms proved a particularly attractive target for DDoS attacks:  In Q1 2012, financial services firms were inundated with 65TB of data and 1.1 trillion packets of malicious data leveled against them during DDoS attacks, up from 19.1TB of data and 14 billion packets the previous quarter.  This represents an almost 80-fold increase malicious traffic volume.  Continue reading “Vertical Target: Financial Services Firms Under Threat”