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Friday, 26 April 2019 14:57

Cyberattackers Focus on More Subtle Techniques

Spam has given way to spear phishing, cryptojacking remains popular, and credential spraying is on the rise.

The time it takes to detect the average cyberattack has shortened, but  cyberattackers are now using more subtle techniques to avoid better defenses, a new study of real incident response engagements shows.

Victim organizations detected attacks in 14 days on average last year, down from 26 days in 2017. Yet, attackers seem to be adapting to evade the greater vigilance: Spam, while up slightly in 2018, continues to account for far less of e-mail volume than during every other year in the past decade, and techniques such as hard-to-detect cryptojacking and low-volume credential spraying are becoming more popular, according to Trustwave's newly published Global Security Report

Other stealth tactics—such as code obfuscation and "living off the land," where attackers use system tools for their malicious aims—are also coming into greater use, showing that attackers are changing their strategies to avoid detection, says Karl Sigler, threat intelligence manager at Trustwave's SpiderLabs. 

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