30 Years Since The First Cyber Attack

As today is the 30th anniversary of the world’s first cyber attack, Matt Lock, Director of Sales Engineers UK at Varonis offers the following comment.

Matt Lock, Director of Sales Engineers UK at Varonis:

“We’ve come a very long way since the first computer virus. Viruses, worms, spyware, botnets, the list goes on – these are simply the tools in the cybercriminals’ toolbox. The tactics evolve but the goals remain the same: to steal, expose, turn a profit, and gain control. Spies once used fake credentials and tiny concealed cameras to capture important plans behind enemy lines and criminals robbed banks to steal money. Today’s cyber-spies can infiltrate a network from anywhere on the planet and use an employee’s credentials to tap into sensitive data, and cybercriminals can execute a cyberattack to extort cities for thousands of pounds. As tactics evolve, the stakes only get higher.”