Yes, Eastern Europe is indeed a hotspot for cybercrime. On this week’s Patch Monday podcast, former police officer Stephen McCombie explains why.
McCombie is now a lecturer at the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism at Macquarie University. Russia is the perfect breeding ground for online crime, he says, because it has as many technically educated people as Australia yet a corruption level that’s among the highest for any country with halfway decent internet connectivity.
McCombie was speaking at last week’s inaugural Cyber Crime Symposium in Sydney. Another speaker was Chris Gatford, proprietor of Hacklabs, a penetration testing firm.
Gatford says that organisations’ networks are showing the same vulnerabilities as a decade ago. We’re not learning. And the payment card industry data security standard (PCI DSS) has failed us because it’s not being enforced strongly enough.
Poor password management like the breach of Vodafone dealers last year shouldn’t be happening, Gatford says. He reinforces the message that we’ve repeated frequently on Patch Monday: humans are the weakest link.
Gatford has compiled a database of reported data breaches in Australia and New Zealand, and notes that the number of incidents has doubled in the last 12 months. But have there actually been more security incidents? Or is this just the result of more media attention?