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Masterpiece Hacking: A Very Fishy Affair

posted on: Thu Oct 19 2017

In the world of online fraud and the dark web—truth is often stranger than fiction. Such was the case in the hacking of a North American Casino. In a recently released Global Threat Report, cybersecurity research firm Darktrace tells the tale.

According to the report, in which the firm outlines nine real-world case studies of cyberattacks, a casino “recently installed a high-tech fish tank as a new attraction, with advanced sensors that automatically regulate temperature, salinity, and feeding schedules.”

One casino’s high-end attraction is another hacker’s treasure. Hackers attempted to acquire data by infiltrating the internet-connected fish tank and ultimately made off with 10 GB of stolen data, sent out to a device in Finland.

Fish Tank

 *Image via Darktrace  

According to The Washington Post, “as more products with the ability to connect to the Internet become available, opportunities for hackers to access data through outside-the-box ways have risen.”

Certainly a fish tank is just one of the creative ways hackers have attempted to steal data in recent years, with internet-connected children’s toys, connected printers, light bulbs, and others posing significant risks. A report published last year by ForeScout identified seven devices “that can be hacked in as little as three minutes, but can take days or weeks to remediate.”

This is the world we are living in. Hackers will continue to innovate and evolve to evade traditional security tools and find new points of entry.  Fraudsters are always changing their tactics, networking with new criminals, spreading across the globe, and developing new tools to steal from online merchants. Businesses must be vigilant and this means employing the technology required to proactively detect, deter, and prevent fraud from hurting the business and customer relationships.

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