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Smartphones. What began as the next generation of mobile phones has morphed into portable computers which combine the capabilities of a personal computer with the features for mobile and handheld use. These devices are powerful enough to perform many of the operations of a PC, and as a result, are now the catalyst for launching cyber-attacks on the go.
Seasoned hackers have typically relied on a variety of sophisticated tools that allow them to orchestrate attacks globally. However, a series of new, off-the-shelf tools are commoditizing the art of hacking, making it possible for novices with little know-how to launch attacks via affordable tools that are available on the Clearnet. These new pay-as-you go solutions include Booters, Stressers, and IP Stressers.
As the 2016 Summer Olympics approach, the cyber community turns its attention to the crowds and target-rich environment created by this high profile sporting event. Over 500,000 attendees to Rio De Janeiro are expected to consume record breaking connectivity volumes. This enormous demand will pose a security challenge for service providers as the 2016 Summer Olympics have the potential to be one of the most vulnerable sporting events in modern history and will provide cyber criminals with numerous opportunities.
Due to their size and reputation, energy and utility companies have become a prominent target for hackers, who seek to sow panic among the general public. The threat stems from social and environmental hacktivists, in addition to politically-affiliated hackers, who attempt to gain control of industrial control systems, disrupt the network, or deface corporate sites.
Anonymous gears up its OpIcarus against the financial industry. OpIcarus’ third and last phase began with the takedown of London Stock Exchange website on June 5th 2016. This phase – called “Project Mayhem” – puts worldwide stock exchanges under a DDoS threat.
Hacktivists have battled for the rights of animals for some time, but within the last year, have raised the stakes considerably via a series of prolonged, advanced cyber campaigns.
The 2016 U.S. presidential election has sparked a wave of politically-fueled hacktivism, leading to cyber assaults on candidates, political parties and governmental IT networks due to political and social affiliations. As protests transition from the streets to cyber channels, those with political influence have become the target of cyber-attacks.