Malware? Blame Fanny Dashwood

Among the many insights featured in Cisco’s 2015 Midyear Security Report is one curiosity that immediately caught my eye:

“Some exploit kit authors are looking to early 19th-century literature to help conceal their 21st century threats. Specifically, some adversaries are incorporating text from Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility into web landing pages that host their exploit kits.”


Source: Cisco Security Research

The reason they’ve taken to doing this? Antivirus software is more likely to categorise the webpages as legitimate after analysing the text and site visitors are likely to linger longer, giving the criminals a prolonged opportunity to launch an attack.

As the report concludes, “As fast as the security industry can develop technologies to block and detect threats, miscreants pivot or change their tactics altogether” – including quoting Jane Austen. Organisations “need to be proactive about identifying and addressing cybersecurity risks that can affect their business and aligning the right people, processes, and technology to help them meet those challenges.”

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