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Target located: The growth of the targeted attack

Joe Lipscombe | May 24, 2013
The growth of targeted attacks has been documented in the global press, but the severity is possibly understated.

The argument between whether states are lacking behind in the cyber-war or not could and will rage on. Every time a major government entity is attacked or coverage of a large enterprise breach is publicised, the argument is going to resurrect.

It's difficult to know exactly how far we are in our defences as the organised cyber-crime scene is a constant battle.

"We're at the beginning of the road when it comes to stomping out these kinds of attacks, but the good news is that attackers are also at the beginning of their own road. Many cyber-espionage tools and kits are still to be developed, so governments should scrutinise even what seems to be a tiny piece of the network," explains Catalin Cosoi, Chief Security Strategist, Bitdefender.

Getting owned
One highly attractive victim for hacktivists is of course security vendors themselves. This is an example of how sensitive the security threat landscape is. How publicly can a security vendor discuss a breach? Hacktivists are constantly pushing the boundaries, making it harder and harder for companies to defend themselves.

The future of cyber-crime may look bleak depending on what view you take. But it's no secret now that governments and enterprises are fully aware of the severity of the situation. Whether or not enough budget will be granted or enough resources will be considered to properly combat this, it's a waiting game.


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