A Newer Threat Emerges – Destruction of Service

July 27, 2017 at 9:38 am | Posted in Cyber Security | Leave a comment
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Another theme that emerged from the cisco mid-year cybersecurity report is the rise of destruction as a service.

Now many DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) as a Service already exist and are can be purchased from the dark web for as little as $7 an hour and used to shut down any website you want by flooding their servers for an hour or so. These attacks are usually deployed against the various console systems over the Christmas period (Xbox live etc) in order to disrupt their services.

However, now attacks are not only seeking to disrupt and deny services but to destroy them.

Attackers are now seeking to remove the safety net that organisations rely on to restore systems following cyber incidents that disrupt their services. By wiping data instead of locking it and also compromising back-ups it is entirely possible for these new attacks to completely wipe out an organisation.

An example was the Netyra attack from a month ago which wiped out data across many industries and continues to impact companies affected. TNT for example is still trying to recover and is reporting that they still have parcels that they cannot deliver in their warehouses due to the destroyed records.

These attacks are a startling new trend in cyber security and Cisco and the rest of the industry’s strategy to try to combat these attacks is to reduce the time that it takes to detect a breach of systems before it can spread.

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