Earlier today, at the Black Hat USA security conference in Las Vegas, U.K.-based security vendor Sophos Ltd. published a new white paper about an insidiously slick and effective “ransomware-as-a-service” (RaaS) kit named Philadelphia. Here’s an inside look at that underworld product offering and preview of the threat landscape ahead based on a recent conversation with Dan Schiappa, senior vice president and general manager of the end user and network security group at Sophos.
The range of targets ransomware assaults go after is likely to increase too, says Schiappa, who attended a sales conference in Bangkok not long ago near a big outdoor signage installation.
“A week before we were out there, one of the giant digital advertising displays was ransomed and the ransom note was up on the billboard for the whole city to see,” Schiappa recalls being told. More recently he got a call from a friend confused about a message he was seeing on his television screen.
“His Android TV was ransomed,” Schiappa explains, referring to Google’s operating system for “smart” televisions. And so it’s likely to go for more and more of us, he adds.
“You can imagine how IoT devices, cars, things that have any intelligent OS base to them, there’s going to be vulnerabilities in there people can get a hold of,” Schiappa says.
That’s not limited to on-premises hardware either. Cloud-based resources are every bit as much at risk.
“They’re still going to be vulnerable, particularly the applications that people build on them,” Schiappa says.
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