The Google Chrome development team has set a lofty goal - solve the tricky problem of URL or website name security.
According to recent cybercrime statistics, BEC has stolen more than $5 billion dollars from unsuspecting victims worldwide, including Canadian businessesi. BEC is the second highest for monetary loss out of over 40 fraud types reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC). It’s real, it’s growing, but with increased awareness, it can be prevented.
To stay safe in an increasingly hostile online world, the first step is to understand the kinds of people and groups who are actively attacking others online.
At the top of that ever-growing cybercriminal population are the so called Advanced Persistent Threat or APT groups in cybersecurity jargon. The following groups are among the best and best known in the world.
In January it was revealed that there were two baked-in flaws in the microprocessors used by billions of devices globally, from laptops to servers and mobile devices. The security flaws caused consternation and a flurry of activity around the world as organizations struggled to apply software patches to the flaws to Windows, Linux and MacOS.
But software patches can't fix hardware design flaws, they can only attempt to minimize the risk with a costly performance trade-off in some cases.
And the lesson from Meltdown and Spectre isn't just about the importance of patching. It's that technology alone isn't the cause - or the solution to - cyber risk.