The finance industry is as exposed to ‘mass market’ attacks as any other organisation. But their greatest worry is probably the targeted attack, being more difficult to detect with attackers having specific system or set of information in mind which they wish to compromise. In terms of motivation we can imagine three broad aims;
- The financially motivated attacker who wishes to compromise systems to conduct theft or fraud electronically
- The espionage motivated attacker who wishes to steal information which may then be sold on to a third party
- The politically motivated attacker who may wish to compromise information or systems to achieve a goal shared within a group
The recently elevated threat level for financial institutions identified primarily in the US is demonstrating a new trend in which cyber criminals are...