Schneier: Cyber-extortion on the rise
Security expert Bruce Schneier has warned that cyber-extortion is on the rise, but gave the caveat that it mainly affects “fringe” industries, such as online gambling, rather than critical national infrastructure organisations.
Schneier wrote in a blog post on Tuesday that the security company he founded, Counterpane, has seen proof of attack capability followed by extortion demands Ã¢â‚¬â€ but said the attacks he had seen had not been against power companies. He wrote the blog post in response to a CIA statement, reported by security training body the Sans Institute, that a cyberattack had caused a power blackout in multiple cities in a country outside the US. The CIA also said it had evidence of blackmail demands following demonstrations of successful “intrusions through the internet”.
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