Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Now Hacking Can Kill...

Hundreds of the world’s hackers descended on Miami for Hacker Halted 2011. The reason? To learn about the latest hacks that will hit your IT systems in the coming months.

Firebrand was on a fact-finding mission, to add the latest techniques to the world’s most popular Ethical Hacking course. Below lists the some of the most shocking stats from the conference.

2,000,000 – the number of new malicious websites detected every month
100,000 – the number of new malware screened every day 400% - the rise in Android mobile malware compared to 2010 £50m – the estimated global cost of the Zeus trojan virus
110 – average days to fix a security vulnerability on a website 44% - percentage of the world’s websites that have a serious security exposure every day of the year 70% - percentage of IT professionals and chief executives that say mobile computing is now the biggest threat to IT security

Robert Chapman, CEO of Firebrand Training says: “The stats from Hacker Halted are a reminder that we’re all more vulnerable than ever. There are thousands of new threats every day, and there currently aren’t enough ‘cyber defenders’ to deal with them.”

“The scary thing is that it’s not always about money. One hacker demonstrated how a wireless insulin pump could effectively be used to deliver fatal injections. It sounds like something from a sci-fi movie. But it’s here now, and it’s very real.”