If you thought 2021 was a good year for cybercriminals, wait until 2022. Experts predict that cybercriminals will ramp up their exploits, with a particular emphasis on targeting vulnerabilities that were exposed by the pandemic. Examples include remote workers, IoT devices, OT/critical infrastructure, and the supply chain.
Not only are the types of targets increasing, the sophistication of the attackers is also moving to a new level – well-known ransomware groups are now selling ransomware kits to newbie cybercriminals using a franchise model (also known as ransomware-as-a-service). In exchange for the ransomware technology, the criminal group gets a cut of the ransom, paid out in Bitcoin.
Most of this activity takes place on the Dark Web, where cybercriminals are building and testing their capabilities, setting up command and control, selling attacks toolkits, trading email lists, offering stolen credit card numbers or personally identifiable information (PII) to the highest bidder, sharing best practices for effective phishing, credential stuffing or other methods of gaining entry to your network.
The only way to proactively stay ahead of potential attacks is to gain visibility into the threats percolating on the Internet, which includes social media, surface, deep and dark web. The sheer volume of Internet information can be overwhelming for security teams that aren’t equipped with the proper tools to consolidate and automate the collection of intelligence.
The only way to proactively stay ahead of potential attacks is to gain visibility into the threats percolating on the Internet
Media Sonar has successfully integrated multiple open-source intelligence (OSINT) tools into a single platform that enables security professionals to conduct investigations aimed at mitigating threats in real-time and reducing business risk.
Internet as a Threat Vector
Here are some of the security issues that can be addressed by Web intelligence:
- Brand Protection: Fraudulent use of a company’s brand can negatively impact customer loyalty, hurt sales and result in a loss of shareholder value. Web intelligence can automatically detect and investigate inappropriate uses of a company’s brand across the Surface, Deep and Dark Web.
- Executive Protection: Attackers are targeting top executives in a number of ways, including account takeovers, and email compromise. Experts say a new Internet-based threat vector is the so-called “deepfake” in which a VIP is spoofed doing or saying something embarrassing. In this case, the attacker is seeking to blackmail the exec. Web intelligence and investigation capabilities help security teams protect against those types of attacks.
- Insider Threats: Insider attacks are very insidious and difficult to detect because the insider knows how to cover their tracks. Consolidated OSINT tools enable Web security researchers to spot stolen employee credentials when they hit Dark Web markets.
- Information Protection: Organizations must do everything with their power to protect corporate data and intellectual property against breaches, which can cost a company millions in lost sales. With Media Sonar’s scalable platform, security teams can proactively investigate the risk of attack with auto-detection across Dark Web markets, hidden forums and social media channels.
- Crisis Management: As we have seen with the pandemic, as well as recent natural disasters, unforeseen crises will occur, no matter how well we plan for the unexpected. In these extreme situations, the Internet is the first place that security teams should look to gain a fuller understanding of the nature of the crisis. Web intelligence tools can help security teams maintain situational awareness during a time-sensitive crisis.
- Third–party intelligence: Supply chain attacks are on the rise and the best way to avoid unnecessary risks is to identify potential problems before they occur. Web intelligence enables companies to vet potential third parties before entering into a relationship.
Between the shortage of security professionals and the increasing volume and sophistication of cyberattacks, security teams can find themselves overwhelmed by the amount of information that they need to analyze. With the Media Sonar, security teams can automate and consolidate threat intelligence across the Surface, Deep and Dark Web to better protect business assets.