Darktrace, a global leader in cyber security artificial intelligence, and a Double Award Winner in the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, has released three new cyber threat trend reports disclosing 2022 attack data observed across its global customer fleet, pertaining to the energy, healthcare, and retail sectors.
“These industry-specific reports are the first of their kind released by Darktrace, representing an important effort to surface the data underpinning the rapidly evolving threat landscape that we are defending against,” explains Toby Lewis, Darktrace’s Global Head of Threat Analysis.
“The trends reveal crucial sector-specific challenges, from the tendency for hackers to siphon off the energy sector’s resources in the form of crypto-jacking*, through to the invaluable nature of patient data which leads to data exfiltration in the healthcare sector.”
“The surge in credential-based attacks across the retail sector reflects the fact that identity theft will be a key trend for 2023, increasing the need for AI-based behavioral analytics for understanding employee actions in rich context and authenticating the actions taken using certain credentials.”
Key Findings in Darktrace’s Energy Sector Report:
Amidst a global energy crisis, Darktrace’s energy sector report reveals that illegal crypto-mining threats, (events involving bad actors stealing energy and processing power from other devices and networks), are on the rise across the industry.
Notable Energy Sector Findings Include:
High-priority crypto-mining** accounted for 13 times more of all observed cyber incidents in the U.K. energy sector in 2022 compared to 2021.
High-priority crypto-mining accounted for three times more of all observed cyber incidents in the U.S. energy sector in 2022 compared to 2021.
The report divulges two real-world crypto-mining threat finds from a European and U.S. energy organization respectively, which were stopped by Darktrace’s AI technology.
In the first case, attackers were caught attempting to mass pool crypto-mining capabilities using five internal servers at the organization.
(Darktrace 6 gets you ‘loop ready’, regardless of where you are in your Cyber AI journey. Bringing PREVENT into the Cyber AI Loop, and with significant enhancements across DETECT and RESPOND, Darktrace 6 is now available to all customers. Courtesy of DArktrace and YouTube. Posted on Dec 9, 2022.)
Key Findings in Darktrace’s Retail Sector Report:
As online shopping remains popular, Darktrace’s retail sector report reveals that over the course of 2022, criminals increasingly turned toward credential theft, spoofing**, and stuffing*** to target this multi-billion-dollar industry’s online infrastructure.
Notable Retail Sector Findings Include:
Credential theft, spoofing, and stuffing accounted for over 170% more of all observed cyber incidents in the U.S. retail sector in 2022 compared to 2021.
Credential theft, spoofing, and stuffing accounted for over 14% more of all observed cyber incidents in the U.K. retail sector in 2022 compared to 2021.
Credential theft, spoofing, and stuffing accounted for over 70% more of all observed cyber incidents in the Australian retail sector in 2022 compared to 2021.
One threat found in the report from August 2022 details the discovery of a never-before-seen attack tool lying dormant inside a well-known U.K. automotive retailer.
Months before Darktrace had been adopted by the retailer, one of its devices had become infected with novel malware that lay dormant, establishing a foothold and waiting for the right time to launch an attack.
After deployment, Darktrace AI caught the malware when it made multiple authentication attempts using spoofed credentials for one of the organization’s security managers.
If successful, the attack could have undermined the organization’s entire security posture, allowing malicious software to gain control of the company’s infrastructure from within.
Key Findings in Darktrace’s Healthcare Sector Report:
Hospitals and other healthcare organizations are often viewed as a ‘soft target’ for cyber-criminals, with extremely rich data sources from which attackers can profit by selling patient information such as medical records, credit cards, and/or banking details.
Notable Healthcare Sector Findings Include:
Data exfiltration was one of the top 3 observed threats faced by healthcare providers globally, with organizations in the U.K. and Australia suffering an increased volume in 2022
The most common attack type observed across healthcare globally in 2022 was suspicious network scanning, a form of intelligence gathering which often constitutes the initial phase of a cyber-attack
This new report unveils a real-world sophisticated threat faced by U.S. healthcare providers in which a malicious PowerShell script***** was discovered to be deployed on one of the organization’s internal servers, an attempt to give bad actors remote control over the target network.
The threat was autonomously thwarted by Darktrace’s RESPOND™ technology before attackers could cause harm.
(From the initial phishing email to encryption of devices, see a hypothetical attack scenario and how Darktrace RESPOND neutralizes an intrusion using Autonomous Response technology. Courtesy oof DArktrace and YouTube. Posted on Apr 16, 2021.)
Darktrace delivers complete AI-powered solutions in its mission to free the world of cyber disruption.
Featuring breakthrough innovations from the Darktrace Cyber AI Research Centre in Cambridge, UK, and its R&D center in The Hague, The Netherlands, Darktrace has filed more than 115 patent applications and published significant research to contribute to the cyber security community.
(Darktrace’s technology vision is of a Cyber AI Loop, a system that improves cyber security and augments humans at every stage of an attack life cycle, from the pre-incident phase with PREVENT, to DETECT and RESPOND for an in-progress attack, and – coming in 2023 – HEAL, for the post-incident phase, after an attack has taken place. Courtesy of Darktrace and YouTube. Posted on Oct 24, 2022.)
Darktrace’s technology continuously learns and updates its knowledge of ‘you’ for an organization and applies that understanding to achieve an optimal state of cyber security.
Delivering the first Cyber AI Loop, it fuels a continuous end-to-end security capability that can autonomously prevent, detect, and respond to novel, in-progress threats in real time.
Darktrace was named one of TIME magazine’s ‘Most Influential Companies’ in 2021, employs over 2,100 worldwide, and protects over 7,700 organizations globally from advanced cyber threats.
The data pertains to January-October 2022 and is compared with the same period in 2021.
- *Cryptojacking is the act of hijacking a computer to mine cryptocurrencies against the users will, through websites, or while the user is unaware.
- **Bitcoin mining is the process by which new bitcoins are entered into circulation.
- ***Identity spoofing occurs when a scammer assumes the identity of another person/entity and uses that identity to commit fraud, by stealing credentials from people or businesses through password attacks and credential capture processes.
- ****Credential stuffing is the automated injection of stolen username and password pairs (credentials) into website login forms, to fraudulently gain access to user accounts.
- *****PowerShell is a task automation and configuration management program from Microsoft, consisting of a command-line shell and the associated scripting language.
Darktrace Takes Home Platinum & Gold in 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Cyber Homeland Security Awards
American Security Today’s Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program, and now entering it’s Eighth Year, continues to recognize industry leaders of Physical and Border Security, Cybersecurity, Emergency Preparedness – Management and Response, Law Enforcement, First Responders, as well as federal, state and municipal government agencies in the acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to Keep our Nation Secure.
Darktrace (First of Two)
The increase in cyber-attacks from both cyber-criminals and nation-state actors jeopardizes the critical infrastructure and utilities on which society relies, presenting real-world threats to economic and national security. As seen from the attack on Colonial Pipeline, attacks now run at machine speed, outpacing human security teams’ ability to detect and respond to malicious activity.
Overwhelmed security teams can no longer keep up with the speed of cyber-attacks that threaten to shut down power grids and disrupt how we work. The boundaries of modern-day businesses are blurred, particularly with the convergence of IT and OT/ICS technologies due to increased remote working in industrial and manufacturing environments. Security teams in this space must defend an increasingly complex attack surface because of rapid digital transformation and an explosion in IoT.
For organizations operating critical infrastructure across all 16 sectors designated by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Darktrace Detect/OT (formerly the Darktrace Industrial Immune System), uses Self-learning AI to fill this critical gap. Darktrace’s Self-Learning AI offers security teams a breadth of contextual understanding and visibility, autonomously identifying and mitigating against these risks rather than just alerting these organizations that they are vulnerable.
At its core, Darktrace Detect/OT exists to deliver AI-powered technology that can autonomously defend these organizations that humans depend on in daily life from sophisticated, stealthy, and machine-speed cyber-attacks. This immune system technology uses Self-learning AI to understand ‘normal’ behavior for each unique business, detect anomalous events or behaviors, and build a robust and bespoke cyber-defense based on enforcing this ‘normal.”
Today, this ability for the machine to fight back is, on average, stopping ransomware within one second of detecting threatening activity. By stopping threats in their tracks, companies using Darktrace self-learning AI do not have to shut down systems for days on end and do not have to pay hefty ransoms to criminals.
(Darktrace co-founder Emily Orton discusses the risks associated with remote working and why AI is necessary to secure increasingly complex digital infrastructures, in this interview with The Telegraph. Courtesy of The Telegraph, Darktrace, and YouTube.)
Self-learning AI technology protects over 6,800 organizations – from renewable energy suppliers to education and healthcare providers – letting them focus on their respective goals. Darktrace technology sets it apart from not only every other cybersecurity solution on the market today but also from other approaches to AI.
Darktrace (Second of Two)
Every other cyber company learns from historical attack data to stop known attacks from getting inside an organization.
Darktrace’s Self-Learning AI doesn’t rely on historical data. Instead, it analyzes and determines ‘normal’ behaviors for users and devices across a digital estate. By evolving its understanding to learn the businesses, not the breach, Darktrace is fundamentally different from other vendors.
Through its Autonomous Response technology Darktrace RESPOND (formerly Darktrace Antigena), Darktrace’s AI uses this understanding to identify anomalous behavior and interrupt attacks in real time before they escalate into a crisis and disrupt business operations.
From internet-connected machinery to email, endpoints, and SaaS applications, Darktrace can protect the entire business, wherever data lives. Darktrace RESPOND can enforce normal 24/7, whether the organization experiences an out-of-hours ransomware attack or an insider exfiltrating sensitive data. Darktrace globally responds to a threat every three seconds.
(From the initial phishing email through to the encryption of devices, see a hypothetical attack scenario and see how Darktrace RESPOND neutralizes an intrusion using Autonomous Response technology. Courtesy of Darktrace and YouTube.)
- Darktrace RESPOND can defend any technology in any environment. With coverage areas ranging from network to the cloud to email and SaaS, Darktrace RESPOND continues to augment the world’s ability to respond to complex and novel cyber-attacks.
With the critical visibility allowed by Self-learning AI, this autonomous response technology has recently been extended to protect endpoints and better integrate with Zero Trust architectures through partnerships with Microsoft and AWS.
Darktrace RESPOND intercepts complex, multi-step ransomware attacks, combatting malicious activity at machine speed, anywhere within an enterprise. In the wake of the ransomware breach of Colonial Pipeline, Darktrace protects customers from similarly damaging attacks across all 16 critical infrastructure sectors designated by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
As cyber-attacks get faster, more advanced, and more automated, security teams are overwhelmed and outpaced. Autonomous Response changes the stakes for defenders by giving security teams the ability to contain fast-moving threats, even when they are not in the office or online and cannot respond fast enough.
Darktrace’s AI does not replace human security teams – it augments them, giving them greater resources to focus on strategic tasks. It helps businesses make micro-decisions so humans can focus on higher-priority responsibilities.
*Darktrace is a Returning Competitor in the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, having secured a Win in the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program.
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