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Expect more #hackers for #hire in 2018 – #researchers

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Washington – After a year marked by devastating cyber attacks and breaches, online attackers are expected to become even more destructive in 2018, security researchers said on Wednesday.

A report by the security firm McAfee said the ransomware outbreaks of 2017 offer just a taste of what’s to come as hackers develop new strategies and “business models”.

McAfee researchers said that as ransomware profitability fades in the face of new defences, hackers will turn to new kinds of attacks that could involve damage or disruption of computers and networks.

Attackers will also look to target wealthy individuals and aim at connected devices which offer less security than computers and smartphones.

“The evolution of ransomware in 2017 should remind us of how aggressively a threat can reinvent itself as attackers dramatically innovate and adjust to the successful efforts of defenders,” said Steve Grobman, McAfee’s chief technology officer.

McAfee also predicted wider use of cyber attacks “as a service”, allowing more hackers for hire to have an impact.

Commercialise hacking

Raj Samani, chief scientist at McAfee, said the events of 2017 showed how easy it is to commercialise hacking services.

“Such attacks could be sold to parties seeking to paralyse national, political and business rivals,” Samani said.

McAfee’s 2018 Threats Predictions Report also said privacy is likely to be eroded further as consumer data – including data involving children – is gathered and marketed by device makers.

“Connected home device manufacturers and service providers will seek to overcome thin profit margins by gathering more of our personal data – with or without our agreement – turning the home into a corporate store front,” the McAfee report said.

The report said parents “will become aware of notable corporate abuses of digital content generated by children”, as part of this effort to boost profitability.

McAfee said it expects some impact for the May 2018 implementation of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, which limits how data is used and sold and which would affect companies with operations in the EU.

The GDPR regulation “makes 2018 a critical year for establishing how responsible businesses can pre-empt these issues, respecting users’ privacy, responsibly using consumer data and content to enhance services, and setting limits on how long they can hold the data”, said McAfee vice president Vincent Weafer.

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Should your business hire a hacker?

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Should your business hire a hacker?

Chris Pogue was given the Tech Express treatment by CBR’s Ellie Burns, with the Nuix CISO looking into the recruitment of hackers.

EB: Why would a company want to hire a hacker?

CP: It’s well-known across the board that there is a shortage in cyber security skills in the UK and abroad. It can be beneficial for organisations to turn to those who already have a depth of security knowledge to bridge the gap, and often it is the case that the people closest to these matters are former hackers. Whilst many may be put off by hiring someone labelled in a presumably derogatory manner, hackers have a tremendous wealth of experience which is invaluable to security teams. Ex-hackers or penetration testers have an understanding of the inner workings of a cyber criminal’s mind better than any trained security professional. According to the Nuix Black Report, many hackers and pentesters have indicated that the only difference between the work they perform, and those of a criminal is a statement of work; the tools, techniques, and methodologies are all the same.

They can provide insights into how organisations become compromised and can help protect against these methods. In warfare, General Sun Tzu said:

The quote holds as much meaning today as it did thousands of years ago. Hackers can provide that rare perspective into the mind of the enemy, as well as helping security teams understand that security is more than just a policy on a paper or an anti-virus programme.

EB: What skills do hackers have which would benefit the business?

CP: Former hackers are often people who have been studying and researching security controls and protocols from a very young age, and consequently have an unrivalled depth of technical knowledge and creativity. They also know the best tools and techniques that can be used to infiltrate organisations. According to the Nuix Black Report, which surveyed cyber attackers, 88% of hackers say they can compromise a target in under 12 hours. Most businesses won’t even realise they’ve been breached and realistically won’t be able to mount any sort of defence before it’s too late. These numbers highlight the need for a well-trained response team with a diverse range of skills, using cutting-edge technology and actively monitoring for threats, in conjunction with expert knowledge and field experience.

EB: What is the advantage of hiring hackers instead of training/reskilling staff?

CP: Former hackers have a unique insight into a world which is largely closed off to the corporate world. Someone who comes from that background has an understanding of criminal motivations that a business professional simply would not be able to emulate through training alone. Enterprises need people who can think differently and creatively, as the criminal world is currently much more agile than those defending. A former hacker can help defence teams stay ahead of the curve on potential threats by teaching them how to recognise attack patterns.

EB: How do you attract hackers for corporate roles?

CP: Attracting hackers to corporate roles is a huge challenge facing the industry, as many are tempted into a life of crime by monetary gain, and the idea of achieving status among their peers. One way we can challenge this is by offering engaging roles which allow creativity and freedom. We need to be engaging with hackers early and showing them a path to success working with organisations instead of against them. This is approach can be effective, but businesses should anticipate it to be expensive. Their skills are highly specialised, and highly sought after – so be ready to pay significantly more than you would pay for traditional IT staff.

EB: What would be your top tip for a business looking to hire a hacker?

CP: A recent study from the UK National Crime Agency found that young people are lured into a life of crime from a very young age, with the average age of a convicted cybercriminal being 17. For those in charge of recruitment, a criminal record will almost certainly ring alarm bells, and rightfully so. While there are risks involved, in general there needs to be a cultural shift in the corporate sector which lifts the stigma of hiring someone with a somewhat tenuous past. Young people need to be able to see that there are lucrative opportunities out there for people with their skills, outside of the criminal world.


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Why you should hire a hacker in 2017

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Why you should hire a hacker in 2017

The global cost of cybercrime could reach £4.9 trillion annually by 2021, according to a recent report from Cybersecurity Ventures. Cyber crime incidents continue to plague organisations globally, even as businesses pour money into boosting their security. But how do …

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BT looking to hire 900 cyber security workers


BT is looking to hire 900 people over the next 12 months to work in its security business. The recruitment drive is part of a major push to consumers, businesses and governments from the growing threat of cyber crime. BT already employs over 2,500 security professionals and has security operations centres worldwide.

BT expects to take-on and train 170 graduates and apprentices, as part of its 900 recruitment intake in the next 12 months. People will work in a range of cyber security and related support services roles. Graduates and apprentices will undergo training in BT’s Security Academy in a range of areas including physical security, penetration testing, threat intelligence, risk management, security operations and sales.

While the majority of the roles will be in the UK, with many located at BT’s security operations centres in London, Sevenoaks and Cardiff, BT is also looking to hire security specialists across Continental Europe, the Americas, the Middle-East and Asia-Pacific.

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Homeland Security Dept. Can Not Combat Cyberattacks As They Struggles to Hire Staff

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WASHINGTON — At a time of increasing threats of cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, the Department of Homeland Security is having trouble recruiting much-needed computer experts because it cannot match the pay of the private sector and does not have the same allure as intelligence agencies. Recent disclosures that Iranian hackers with ties to the government in Tehran had launched a cyberattack against a dam in New York highlighted the need for the department, which is charged with protecting government and private systems from cyberintrusions, to have a staff capable of responding to sophisticated enemies. “We are competing in a tough marketplace against a private sector that is in a position to offer a lot more money,” Jeh Johnson, the Homeland Security secretary, told senators at a hearing last month. “We need more cybertalent without a doubt in D.H.S., in the federal government, and we are not where we should be right now, that is without a doubt.” Concern about the potential for cyberattacks on infrastructure was heightened after a Dec. 23 hack of the Ukrainian power grid that caused a blackout for 225,000 customers. The department, which helped Ukrainian officials investigate the case, confirmed that it was a cyberattack. But […]

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Hackers for hire: The dangers of small time cyber-crime

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Black market websites have offered a wide array of services aimed at the aspiring cyber-criminal for some time. However, recent attention has been given to a new breed of websites that offer hacking services to a much broader market. Hacking, it would seem, is moving from the realms of the aspiring criminal on the dark web and becoming a mainstream service. Sites such as hackerslist.com, hackerforhire.org and neighbourhoodhacker.com have developed as anonymous meeting grounds for those seeking hacking services and those willing to provide them for a fee. Even the review site hackerforhirereview.com has sprung up, ostensibly rating such sites for veracity and effectiveness. As is to be expected in a technologically advanced market such as this, the free market has adapted to fill a perceived gap in the market before legislation can catch up. As such, the legality of these sites and practices remains in question, yet this has not prevented them from being populated with hundreds of listings. The services offered on these sites tend to be only a portion of those offered on the much larger and unambiguously illegal ‘underground’ market of the dark web. You won’t find advertising for malicious botnets of infected computers with which […]

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