Threat of the Month: A physical compromise

Fast, novel, automated: threats are routinely getting past traditional security tools. Security now, more than ever, needs to be top of the CEO’s agenda. We are seeing a host of new, innovative threats attacking companies on a daily basis. A recent example, detected by Darktrace’s ‘immune system’ approach, highlights how machine learning can help in this new era of advanced threat. Within a week of installing threat detection software into one customer’s security stack, Darktrace discovered a serious compromise. An attacker had successfully exploited the company’s fingerprint scanner, and gained access to the fingerprint records stored by the system. This access to sensitive data gave the attacker the potential to illegitimately transfer fingerprint details and gain unauthorised access to the company premises. The use of fingerprint scanners indicates the company…

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