Enterprise Lessons from Anonymous’ World Cup Threat

Anonymous isnEUt making as many news headlines this year as it did in years past, but the hactivist organization is alive and well -- and making threats to launch cyberattacks on sponsors of the World Cup in Brazil.

EUWe have a plan of attack,EU a member of Anonymous who calls himself Che Commodore, told Reuters. EUWe have already conducted late-night tests to see which of the sites are more vulnerable . . . This time we are targeting the sponsors of the World Cup.EU

Reuters admits it had no means of confirming CommodoreEUs identity or his affiliation with Anonymous and reports that the sponsors did not immediately respond to requests to comment on the threat. But what can enterprises learn from this global headline?

Are You Ready?

We caught up with TK Keanini, CTO of network security firm Lancope, to get his take on the Anonymous moves. Regardless of threat profile, he told us an event of this magnitude needs to have a heightened level of readiness to a physical or cybersecurity related event.

EUBy the time a group like this makes a public announcement, much of the infiltration phase has already been done,EU Keanini said. EUThese threat actors are smart and they don't start to show their cards until they are well into the operational phase of their campaign.EU

Keanini stressed that events like the World Cup require hundreds of interconnected businesses all of them need to be prepared. Offering the hard truth, he said if your business is connected to the Internet you should be prepared for cybersecurity events because they are likely to have already happened -- you just don't have the tools and techniques to detect them.

EUWhen we consider the World Cup and the level of talent competing, it helps us frame the challenges many face in cybersecurity,EU Keanini...

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