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Cybercriminals "are fighting back"

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Cybercriminals are not only looking to attack you and the businesses from your supply chain – they’re looking to ‘own’ you.

A new report by Carbon Black based on more than 100 of its IR partners and more than 500 response engagements found half of today’s surveyed attacks leverage the so-called ‘island-hopping’ - which means hackers attack the entire supply chain

More than half of those surveyed (56 per cent) witnessed counter-incident response in the last three months, too.

Cybercriminals now move laterally within the network, meaning they look for new vulnerabilities to abuse, and native operating system tools to use. It was also said that the attacks are by no means naïve. A third of victims experience ‘destructive attacks’

"Attackers are fighting back. They appear to have no desire to leave the environment. And they don’t just want to rob you and those along your supply chain. In the parlance of the dark web, attackers these days appear to want to ‘own’ your entire system,” said Tom Kellermann, Carbon Black’s Chief Cybersecurity Officer.

Both financial and healthcare industries are the two most targeted and most vulnerable. However, the manufacturing industry is catching up.

You can find the full Carbon Black report on this link (opens in new tab).

Image Credit: Maksim Kabakou / Shutterstock

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.