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ENISA highlights the threat of multi-pronged large impact cyber-attack events

ENISA has presented a short report into the top cyber threats, as a ‘first taste’ of its interim Threat Landscape 2013 report. The study analyses 50 reports, and identifies an increase in threats to: infrastructure through targeted attacks; mobile devices; and social media identity thefts carried out by cyber-criminals over Cloud services.

Some key trends identified in the study are:

  • Cyber-criminals are increasingly using advanced methods to implement attack techniques (vectors) that are non-traceable and difficult to take down. Anonymisation technologies and peer-to peer systems (so called distributed technologies) play an important role in this. It is clear that mobile technology is increasingly exploited by cyber-criminals. Threats of all kinds that were encountered in the more traditional arena of IT will affect mobile devices and the services available on these platforms.
  • The wide spread of mobile devices leads to an amplification of abuse based on knowledge/attack methods targeting social media.
  • The availability of malware and cyber-hacking tools and services, together with digital currencies (e.g. Bitcoins) and anonymous payment services is opening up new avenues for cyber-fraud and criminal activity.
  • There is a real possibility of multi-pronged large impact events, where attacks combining various threats are successfully launched.

Read the report.

•Date: 25th September 2013 • Europe/UK •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

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