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Warnings Come from Cisco About Internet Threats

by: Bryon Turcotte  /  November 26, 2013


According to an article published on the E Week website, multiple internet attacks against the oil and gas industry have fueled recent warnings given by networking equipment manufacturer Cisco. The report outlines Cisco's desire to remind people that they need "good Internet hygiene" to avoid and be protected from the multitude of internet threats in the world today.

According to the article, the technical leader of Threat Research Analysis & Communications (TRAC) at Cisco, Craig Williams, spoke in a press briefing, focusing on three recent attacks, including one known as a "watering hole" attack. According to the report, Williams noted that all of these attacks could have been avoided if a simple set of "Internet security best practices" would have been appropriately followed.

According to the article, a "watering hole attack" is when a popular website (the watering hole) is infected with some form of malicious software, distributed to all those who visit the site after the infection. The article states that Cisco discovered multiple websites run by members of the oil and gas industry that had become infected watering holes. Williams did not identify these companies by name. Still, he did mention that large, major corporations and organizations ran some.

Read more about Cisco's discoveries and their thoughts regarding internet security here at E Week.

Written by Bryon Turcotte  /  November 26, 2013