Zero-Day Threats: Terrifying, Yet Phishing Remains a Cost-Effective and Potent Cyber Attack Strategy
By BUFFERZONE Team, 8/01/2024
Target: IT Professionals (Elementary)
Tags: Phishing, Safe Workspace™, Safe Browsing
In the evolving landscape of cyber threats, deciding the optimal attack method to penetrate the organization is always challenging. In this blog, we plan to present two effective methods that are significantly different from one another. The first is zero-day exploit threats. Zero-day uses new software or hardware vulnerabilities to penetrate the organization. Zero-day attacks are expensive and are usually exploited by governments and highly advanced criminal organizations. The cost of developing such an attack can easily reach millions of dollars and even more, depending on the complexity of the attack and its simplicity. Once a zero-day attack is discovered, we usually refer to it as a one-day attack. One-day attacks are common in malware and can be used for years for example, a typical old exploit such as the Equation editor in Microsoft Office (CVE-218-0798) is still commonly used. The lifespan of a zero-day, until it is detected, maybe days but span to years undetected. Zero-day and one-day attacks are scary; however, they require considerable resources to discover and exploit such vulnerabilities, making them less accessible to average cybercriminals.
Phishing continues to be a prevalent and cost-effective method for cyber-attacks. It involves tricking individuals into revealing sensitive information or downloading malicious software rather than exploiting technical vulnerabilities. Attackers find this strategy effective because it is low-cost and allows them to target large numbers of people easily. With the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI), attackers can craft advanced phishing attacks quickly. That’s why most attackers start with phishing to steal sensitive data, and regular-looking emails are the starting point for 92% of attacks.
Opening the Black Hat Europe conference, security researcher Daniel Cuthbert praised security improvements gained with the broader adoption of cloud computing, improvements in iOS, and tighter web security controls in Google Chrome, among other developments. According to Cuthbert, the industry is too fixated on zero-days, despite most cyber-attacks still proving successful using run-of-the-mill techniques such as phishing.
Can we protect against zero-day, one-day, and phishing attacks?
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