A few days ago it came to our attention that Cyberoam Technologies, a Sophos company that provides Network Security appliances, had been hacked. At the very end of 2015 there was a cyber-attack on their systems and their database was breached, leaking a million records.
An Indian security researcher encountered a hacker on the dark web who was willing to sell Cyberoam’s database for 100 bitcoins, the equivalent of £30,000. If you didn’t know, the dark web is a part of the Internet hidden from search engines such as Google and Bing. The dark web can only be accessed through special software such as the Tor browser, and is known for illegal activities such as child pornography and black markets. Those records will now be available to other cyber criminals who can now attempt other forms of cybercrime such as ransomware and phishing attacks.
When Cyberoam were informed of the incident they launched an investigation and found that they had been hacked. While they stated that the attack had no impact on the effectiveness of their products, it is questionable as to whether they can be trusted to be a Next Generation Firewall provider when their own systems have been breached and they manufacture products specifically to guard this kind of attack.
Every week we are seeing more and more incidents like this, and the rise of cybercrime is becoming more and more worrying with each one. Technology is changing all the time and it can never be guaranteed that we will not be victims of these kinds of attacks. It is essential that we do not let time pass us by and think that we will not be the next victim. Every business needs to ensure that they have made the effort to protect themselves.
Here at ACUTEC it is becoming clearer each day that the most important aspect of cyber security is end user education. Every business must ensure that their employees know of the dangers of cybercrime. It’s not just your IT Manager that needs to know, it’s every computer user.
If you wish to enable your workforce to be fully aware of the dangers that they may face then please feel free to attend our Cyber Security Masterclass at the Coventry Chamber of Commerce on 23rd February 9.30am until 12.30pm where we will be joined by experts from the West Midlands Cyber Crime Unit. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
If you are a Cyberoam customer and are worried about the security of your IT then it is very easy to trade in your current protections for a Dell Sonicwall which can provide you with 24/7 support, Intrusion Prevention Services and Anti-Spyware.