We don’t mean to be alarmist, but if you haven’t tightened up your cybersecurity, there may be millions of individual reasons to do so. Here’s one, from Ars Technica: “Hackers hammer SpringShell vulnerability in attempt to install cryptominers.” The article says this, in part:
Malicious hackers have been hammering servers with attacks that exploit the recently discovered SpringShell vulnerability in an attempt to install cryptomining malware … SpringShell came to light late last month when a researcher demonstrated how it could be used to remotely execute malicious code on servers that run the Spring model-view-controller or WebFlux applications on top of Java Development Kit versions 9 or higher.
If you’d like to read more about SpringShell vulnerability, you can start here.
It Doesn’t Stop There
Here’s another one from Ars Technica: “Hackers are exploiting 0-days more than ever.” That one is even more chilling:
Previously unknown “zero-day” software vulnerabilities are mysterious and intriguing as a concept. But they’re even more noteworthy when hackers are spotted actively exploiting the novel software flaws in the wild before anyone else knows about them.
Ouch. If you’d like to read more about zero-day vulnerabilities, you can start here.
And from Forbes, there this: “When Botnets Attack.” Brace yourself:
Cybersecurity attacks can come in many forms and with various technical approaches. Breaches are constant among industry and government being targeted. One method of exploit used by criminal hackers can be deployed with devastating and widespread consequences, botnets … Such orchestrated Botnet cyber-attacks are not new and have been going on for almost two decades, but they are proliferating and pose major threats. They are not only carried out by state sponsored intelligence actors, but also by organized criminal hacking groups.
Should you be scared by all of that? Yes. But not as scared as you should be if you don’t take the appropriated cybersecurity measures.
Bad News/Good News
The bad news there are bad dudes out there making very handsome livings by hacking systems for any number of reasons and many forms of data. The good news is you don’t have to risk being vulnerable.
If you don’t do it soon, it may be too late.
The money — and the business — you save may be your own.