It has been reported today by the New York Times that businesses and government agencies in the United States have been targeted in aggressive attacks by Iranian and Chinese hackers who security experts believe have been energised by President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal last year and his trade conflicts with China. Recent Iranian attacks on American banks, businesses and government agencies have been more extensive than previously reported. Dozens of corporations and multiple United States agencies have been hit, according to seven people briefed on the episodes who were not authorised to discuss them publicly.
Israel Barak, chief information security officer at Cybereason:
“The “when” in the popular saying ‘it’s not a matter of if, but when’ a corporation or government is hacked is as antiquated as most antivirus products on the market today. Most nations, and corporations for that matter, are under a constant and present threat of hacking from nation states and rogue hacking groups looking to steal personal identifiable information.
“Nations and corporations need to change their mindset immediately and start taking the fight to the adversaries. You can’t build a wall that is high enough or thick enough to stop hackers because they are persistent and eager to succeed. It is no longer a game of walls, but a game of data, and controlling your data is the key to staying out of the hacking headlines. Through threat hunting, nations and corporations can control the cyber battlefield and stop hackers in their tracks. Control your data and you can control your future.”