Embracing Collective Protection to Thwart Bot-Based AttacksHUMAN CEO Tamer Hassan on How Bots Are Being Used by Both Attackers and Defenders
Bots have become an important tool for modern cybercrime. A bot is used somewhere in the attack cycle in more than three-quarters of security incidents.
HUMAN Security co-founder and CEO Tamer Hassan called account takeover "the gateway drug to all other forms of fraud and abuse" and said bots have exacerbated what was already a serious problem (see: Human Takes on Media Malvertising With Clean.io Acquisition).
"Bots are typically used in a few ways," Hassan said. "One, when they've infected machines - using those machines to behave like millions of humans and using stolen credentials to get access to these accounts. And then once they have access, they can automate a wide array of things."
In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2023, Hassan also discusses:
- How the proliferation of bots has helped cybercriminals make more money;
- How hackers use bot-based brute forcing and credential stuffing in attacks;
- Why bot-based attacks have been so pervasive in the advertising tech space.
Before starting HUMAN, Hassan founded Compel Data Technologies, a software development and consulting company focused on big data and business intelligence solutions. Prior to that, he worked at the U.S. Air Force for more than nine years.