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Botnets Get More Opportunistic

Fox-IT's Menno van der Marel Details Attack Trends
Botnets Get More Opportunistic

Attackers are increasingly using botnets not just to launch distributed denial-of-service attacks or financial attacks, but also to identify high-value "zombie" PCs that they have managed to infect. That's because they can sell access to these high-value PCs to the highest bidder.

So says Menno van der Marel, CEO of Delft-based Dutch consultancy Fox-IT, which has built its reputation on digital forensics investigations, collaboration with law enforcement agencies, as well as the research it publishes related to emerging malware and organized crime threats.

In an interview recorded at RSA Conference 2015, van der Marel also details:

  • Why new attacks typically target financial services firms - and financial data - before any other type of organization;
  • How organizations can react more quickly to alerts related to emerging attacks;
  • The importance of attributing attacks both to the technology involved as well as the person or people who launched it;
  • How criminals continue to learn from nation-state and APT attacks, and other information security attack trends.
Van der Marel is CEO of Fox-IT, which he co-founded in 1999. Prior to that, he worked in digital forensics as a scientific researcher at the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI), where he helped to create the NFI's Department of Digital Technology. During his years at the NFI, Menno successfully solved a numerous complex investigations, often working in coordination with international law enforcement agencies.

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