Imagine you arrive at work one day to find everyone in the office standing around and chattering loudly, while row after row of computer screens flash a ransom message. Someone quickly approaches and breathlessly informs you: “We’ve been hacked!”
News headlines constantly remind us of the volume of cyberattacks targeting major retailers, banks, hospitals, and individuals like you and me. Some of these attacks involve a high level of complexity, but until recently most have been fairly basic—recycled from older malware and repurposed by attackers for different goals. That’s all starting to change now.