For all our interested readers, both Marcin, our CEO and I (Marcus) were recently interviewed for an article to discuss our Anti-Rootkit technologies for TechRepublic. The article was just published today. Check it out!
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The last time I checked with Google News this morning there were over 19,100,000 results for “flame malware”. You may have heard many stories this week about this complex trojan. Here are links to three of my current personal favorite articles on “Flame”.
- Powerful ‘Flame’ cyberweapon tied to popular Angry Birds game – (Fox News)
- Behind the ‘Flame’ malware spying on Mideast computers (FAQ) – (CNET)
- Flame Malware’s Ties To Stuxnet, Duqu: Details Emerge – (InformationWeek)
Is the Flame malware otherwise known as Flamer or sKyWiper likely to affect you personally? For the vast majority of people on the Internet the answer is “no”. For nuclear researchers in the Middle East and leaders of countries such as Iran, Israel and Sudan, then the answer is qualified “yes”.
Malware such as the recent “Flame” shows how cyberespionage and digital attacks have evolved. In years past, the malware developers would create code that would spread far and wide and infect any and all computers in it’s path.
From the outside looking in, it may appear that the press regularly reports stories when a company’s website, database or intellectual property has been hacked, stolen or compromised. The more eye-opening fact of the matter is that the scale and scope of the cybercrime problem is much, much larger and the actual incidences of these types of threats and attacks are far underreported.
Take a look at these two quotes from IDC‘s recent report “Worldwide and U.S. Security Services Threat Intelligence 2011-2014 Forecast – Christian Christiansen, Chris Liebert & Charles Kolodgy”:
“Ten years ago, government, financial services, and very large enterprises were the target of cybercriminal activity, but over the past five years, attacks have enlarged their scope to even commercial SMBs…”
“…many companies are more concerned with public relations issues from data breaches, not with the mitigation of risk. This short-sighted and erroneous perception that compliance equals security delights attackers.”
The findings above highlight that within the past five years, attacks have expanded and targeted a much larger and diverse population of potential victims. Perhaps of more concern is a recent statistic I came across where the Russian Security firm Group-IB reported that the global cybercrime market was estimated to have generated $12.5 Billion in revenues for 2011. This is a strong indicator that there are a huge number of victims and significant dollars at stake!
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