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Hunting Cyber Criminals A Hackers Guide To Onli... [BETTER]

ABOUT THE AUTHOR VINNY TROIA is a cybersecurity evangelist and hacker with Night Lion Security. He is an acknowledged expert in digital forensics investigations, security strategies, and security breach remediation. Vinny possesses deep knowledge of industry-standard security and compliance controls, is frequently seen providing security expertise on major TV and radio networks, and recently introduced Data Viper, his own threat intelligence and cyber-criminal hunting platform. Permissions Request permission to reuse content from this site

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So many companies just rely on providing existing reports on threat actor groups and never actually get to the core of how an attack happened. Sometimes it takes actually hunting down the threat actors and speaking to them directly. They are usually pretty open and willing to brag about how they did it, because on some level all hackers want to be famous; and as we will see in future chapters, vanity always trumps OPSEC (operational security).

In the spring of 2020, Troia realized hackers had created a new worm that was wiping thousands of Elasticsearch servers. The criminals behind that one called it the Night Lion worm, naming it to make his security company look bad. The worm finished the attack by leaving a message with Troia's contact information on the server.

Admittedly, Trioa aims his commentary at those with a cybersecurity background. That said, the book does an outstanding job of exploring the mindset of a hacker. Readers learn how criminals can exploit seemingly harmless information to target an organization.

Career path A common career path for this investigative specialty passes through several years as an integral part of a cybersecurity team. A sound understanding of cybersecurity defenses arms the applicant with the basis for understanding how cybercriminals will react in a variety of circumstances. Work in a discipline that has helped the applicant acquire skills related to investigative work are valuable within the industry.

Billions of dollars are lost every year repairing systems hit by cyberattacks. Some take down vital systems, disrupting and sometimes disabling the work of hospitals, banks, and emergency call centers around the country. The cybercrime investigator gathers the information necessary to stop cybercriminals from continuing their nefarious activities.

Most cybercrime investigators work for law enforcement agencies, consulting firms, or business and financial companies. In some cases, cybercrime investigators can be hired, either full time or freelance, as white hat hackers. In this role, while often providing penetration testing (pen testing) services, the investigator has the responsibility to examine the defenses of a specific network or digital system. The objective is to find vulnerabilities or other security weaknesses that could be exploited by real adversaries.

Most organisations/companies use bug bounty hunting programs to identify and then fix security vulnerabilities in their systems. Bounty hunters, in return for a reward, address cybersecurity flaws faced by organisations/companies before criminals/state-sponsored hackers exploit them. However, these programs do not fit Critical National Infrastructures such as clean water services given the nature of the program and the sensitivity of these systems. Nations are highly dependent on the operation and continuity of CNI therefore any failure/damage to them and/or their services will disturb day-to-day activities. Addressing this challenge will unlock a vast number of opportunities for cyber defenders.

The training brought together cybercrime specialists from PCeU and SOCA and focused on enhancing their knowledge and technical skills required to combat the latest malicious software techniques used by cybercriminals, as well as sharing computer forensics techniques.

Aj Nash: So, listen, as we all know, criminals are creative. They'll find a way, you know. But it's making it hard for them, no doubt about it. And there's frustrations. And that adds to frustration with their own government and with what's going on. You know, there's plenty of cybercriminals like, you know, criminals anywhere, really. They're not necessarily political. Like, some can be, but a lot just want to make the money. And this is just a real big inconvenience for them, frankly. But yeah, they're working around it. They're finding ways. It's just harder, and it's costing them more money. It's taking more time and energy.

With so much data to work with, cybercriminals can identify an opportunity and craft a fake email that will seem completely legitimate and authentic to the victim of the scam. Like Brad, we are all making split-second judgements about the authenticity of the emails we receive and usually, if they seem to be from our co-workers and colleagues we never check to see if they are the real deal.

Software firm paid off a ransomware gang, believed its hackers when they said they had destroyed the data, and has now discovered the cyber criminals accessed even more sensitive information than it thought 041b061a72


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