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Nigerian Hacker Targets Companies Worldwide


Check Point a security company recently conducted an investigation which reveals that a single hacker at Lagos, Nigeria has been trying hacking the systems of 4,000-and-more organizations worldwide employing obsolete tools and rudimentary techniques.


Even though security professionals would find the mode-of-operation hilariously trivial, yet the attacker attained success within no less than 14 instances that security researchers have confirmed.


According to the website www.securityweek.com, Check Point investigators stated that the assaults aimed on different companies within sectors like manufacturing, oil & gas, construction and banking, so that the hacker could steal data as well as commit fraud.


Twelve companies or may be more substantiated they had contracted the infection while the campaign was on, reported Check Point. These companies included an Abu Dhabi-based transportation firm; a Croatia-based marine & energy tackling firm; an Egypt-based mining company; one Kuwait-located oil & gas company; a Dubai-based construction firm; and one Germany-based construction firm. Although the attack was on a large scale, the perpetrators weren't any astute group of cyber-criminals alternatively any state actor, rather one more or less unskilled man aged between 24 and 26, who operated from close to the Nigerian capital, discovered Check Point.


Notably, the assaults were targeted at financial employees of various regions and sectors. One example is of transportation and energy companies based in Europe and Middle East that were assaulted via phishing. Apparently, an e-mail the attacker dispatched seemed as one from Saudi Aramco, one renowned Oil & Gas company. The attacker used electronic mail ids from domains of Yahoo that weren't even masked something security researchers described a clumsy act. Hackread.com posted this, August 16, 2017.


One more worrying thing about the attack was that it targeted infrastructure and energy firms that the unskilled hacker managed to attack easily. Besides, the attacker managed hacking many large organizations too.


Consequently, Check Point pointed out that the above instances outlined the requirement of every organization towards strengthening security at their locations for safeguarding from business e-mail hacks and phishing scams while also spreading awareness among their employees regarding exercising caution while opening e-mails no matter whether their sources were recognizable.

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