Bill Walker | 9 January 2013
Hackers, Trojan worms and Zeus botnets may sound like the stuff of gritty crime novels and Hollywood thrillers but cybercrime is making real life headlines too. In the first instalment of this series of posts on cyber security, we examine how the cybercriminals of Hollywood match up to reality.
Big businesses are prime hacker
Reality: True - 90% of large businesses have fallen victim to a cyber security breach
It was Ellington Mineral Company in Hackers, the Bellagio Casino in Oceans 11 and the corrupt billionaire Hans-Erik Wennerström in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. All fell victim to hackers and lost valuable data and assets. But fiction apart, reality can prove to be even more alarming with recent research project by Ponemon finding that 90% of large businesses have fallen victim to a cyber security breach.
LinkedIn, Paypal, Playstation - just some of the large business names attacked; and the list is ever growing, costing businesses billions in lost productivity, lost data recovery and lost business.
Hollywood: It is easy to hack into government systems
Reality: Easy? Maybe not, but many people try
From Goldeneye to Skyfall and all Bond movies in between - computer hacking is a common pastime of the modern Bond villain. In Skyfall we see Judy Dench as M become a high profile victim when her computer is hacked in order to bring down MI5. It makes for high on-screen drama, yet these sort of attacks aren't as uncommon as many people think...
During the summer of 2012, in a single attack, a group targeted more than 200 email accounts across 30 government departments. The Foreign Office said that without security in place, the hackers could have " gained unfettered access to sensitive government information". And this was not a one-off incident - there are over 20,000 malicious emails on government networks each month.
Hollywood: Employees steal corporate secret.
Reality: Right again...
Remember Wayne Knight? The loathsome hacker who stole the DNA secrets of the Jurassic Park project...?. Well, in reality most don't pay with their lives but a recent QA research project on cyber security found that 1 in 20 employees have admitted to taking information with them from one company to another.
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