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14 Top Cybersecurity Trends To Expect At Black Hat Conference

Michael Novinson

As Black Hat Conference 2021 kicks off amid vendor cancellations and a surge in COVID-19 cases in Las Vegas, CRN speaks with 14 prominent executives to see what cybersecurity trends they expect to be the talk of this year’s event.

Use Of Zero Days In Ransomware Attacks

There has been an explosion in both the sophistication and volume of ransomware attacks, with cybercriminals exploiting a zero-day vulnerability to break into Kaseya’s remote monitoring and management (RMM) tool, said Sophos CEO Kris Hagerman. The increased use of zero days in ransomware attacks is a sign that the hackers are both more sophisticated and targeting certain organizations specifically.

On the flip side, Hagerman said the proliferation of Ransomware as a Service (RaaS) operations means that the affiliate groups actually carrying out attacks don’t have any technical expertise and sometimes don’t even know how to write code.

For instance, Hagerman said the Racoon Stealer technology can be rented out for as little as $75 per week, providing criminals with an effective on-ramp to begin harvesting victim information, payments and ransoms. From there, Hagerman said adversaries can move up the value chain to higher volume and more sophisticated attacks.

 
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