Data Manipulation: The Next Level of Cyberattacks
Today, cyberattacks aim to steal information or hijack infrastructure. While these threats are damaging enough, nation states and bad actors are not resting on their laurels. Next up in their nasty bag of tricks is blowing a hole in data integrity via unauthorized data changes, planting false information, changing sensor reads, and other data modifications and entanglements sure to create chaos and even death. While any data validation tool, such as blockchain, will likely prove helpful, tools that can spot and stop these attacks will be doubly so.
Data Manipulation Evolution
Attacks on data integrity are not new. But the tactics and targets have changed over time making such attacks harder to spot and even harder to stop.
“Unfortunately, attackers changing data is not new — attackers have taken advantage of web pages with cross-site scripting vulnerabilities to modify prices on e-commerce sites for years,” says Carolyn Crandall, chief deception officer at Attivo Networks. “However, when attackers successfully bypass perimeter defenses and modify data instead of just stealing it, the changes often go unnoticed until something goes wrong.”
Today, attackers are getting increasingly crafty about how many ways they can use data manipulation to change things to their liking.