"Cyberextortion, a growing industry" are the following:
- Extortion via DDoS attacks is being firmly established. The modus operandi of the DD4BC group could give rise to more attackers impersonating them without the need for a great infrastructure and extensive technical knowledge. On the other hand, possible money outflows with the aim of laundering returned to the source of the extortion are the online gaming and trading platforms.
- Security breaches are assuming a way of extortion based on the sensitivity of filtered information. Currently, two ways are being opted to monetise the attacks, either to sell the database or to extort it directly to users. The payment method required is usually Bitcoin.
- A growing trend is sexual extortion, also known as sextortion. The sharing of files using peer-to-peer networks remains the main platform for access to child abuse material and for its distribution in a non-commercial manner. In the same way, other anonymous networks and platforms such as Tor are considered as a threat in this area. However, what worries Security Authorities and Bodies the most is the live streaming of child abuse due to the difficulty to detect and investigate it since criminals tend not to store a copy of the material.
- Since 2015, the threat of ransomware has increased by 165%. The most reported infection vector is e-mail with malicious attachments. However, a growth is expected, driven by an increased use of the cloud, POS and the Internet of Things.
- New vulnerabilitites Trend Report: “Companies keep making life easier to attackers”
- New Whitepaper "Scope, scale and risk like never before: Securing the Internet of Things"
- New report: Financial CyberThreats Q4 2015
- Trend Ransomware Report