Cybercriminals increasingly spending months poking around networks

Cyberespionage is becoming a more common practice, and hackers are able to breach networks and spend months - if not years - inside networks.

Published Mon, Jan 5 2015 2:29 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:11 PM CST

Cybercriminals are finding new methods to compromise corporate and government networks, and are increasingly spending more time doing reconnaissance without being detected. These longer-lasting operations are difficult to prevent with many corporations focusing on perimeter-based cybersecurity defense, not considering the idea that criminals may already be inside.

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Companies such as Sony Pictures, Home Depot, Target and other major corporations are first breached using spear-phishing attacks or stolen third-party user login credentials - and the problems only get worse from there. Cybersecurity experts recommend creating protocols so companies are able to identify who is accessing data, from where, and how they are interacting with the accessed data. If a cybersecurity audit is completed, then following through with recommended improvements should also be carried out as quickly as possible.

"We are beginning to realize in some cases that the situation is far worse than we realized," said Stephen Hulquist, chief evangelist at RedSeal Networks, in a statement published by Dark Reading. "In some cases attackers have been inside networks for months and even years without being discovered."

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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