What approaches are cybercriminals using to attack people’s home networks?
“You don’t have to sit in front of the house for an extended period of time.”
Professor Marco Gercke, the founder of the CyberCrime Research Institute, talks to Jeremy Swinfen Green about how criminals are targeting home workers.
How are they attacking people’s home networks? Are they sitting outside in cars and scanning for passwords or something like that? What are actually doing?
So there are various approaches. You can do it remotely. You can also, if you’re trying to attack the wireless access point, that’s something where you could drive by. You don’t necessarily have to sit in front of the house for an extended period of time. But what you want to have is the ability to get access there. Sometimes it’s also possible to access those wireless access points remotely through the internet, so that you’re not actually using the Wi-Fi access point, but the connection to the internet. There is sometimes a possibility for remote services and things like this, where they can access it, and then have access to all the devices. Sometimes it’s enough to drive by, get access to the network, instal the malware, and just leave the scene again. That’s sufficient for them to get remote access at a later stage.