McAfee, the computer security company has released a new report about the cyber hackers. Cybercriminals are constantly advancing from stealing just personal data to conquering trade secrets and other large corporate organizations that they can easily sell through the underground market.
So the firm has warned the world’s corporations and other large organizations that the hackers are fully in their sights and they can just stole your company secrets and sell them in the market out there for stolen corporate secrets. First and foremost, we all know that there exists a market for stolen corporate secrets. A bit of source code here, some revenue projections there, attaches it in a bob, and hand it off to someone who could use that information at high prices.
McAfee find that the theft of trade secrets, marketing plans, R&D data, and even source code is on the rise; especially as such information is often unprotected.
Based on a global survey of IT professionals, the report uncovered a number of findings. Hit by the recent economy downturn, many companies have been looking at cheaper ways of processing and storing their information abroad despite the potential risks.
And it’s perhaps easier for the hackers to get this information. Back in the day, a corporation’s private data might be stored in a server under lock and key, and you’d need physical access to get at it. That’s not so much the case anymore. People work from home, and they sometimes need access to this or that file. That means you have to create some sort of remote-access system, a system that could be compromised all the more easily.
The information technology industry itself continues to be challenged trying to secure the wave of iPhones, iPads, and Android devices that employees are increasingly using on the job for sharing data, the report found.
“Cybercriminals have shifted their focus from physical assets to data-driven properties, such as trade secrets or product planning documents. We’ve seen significant attacks targeting this type of information. Sophisticated attacks such as Operation Aurora, and even unsophisticated attacks like Night Dragon, have infiltrated some of the of the largest, and seemingly most protected corporations in the world. Criminals are targeting corporate intellectual capital and they are often succeeding.”
So beware of the cyber criminals since they not only steal your secrets but sell them to your rivals.