Monday, April 2, 2012

Can Hacking Kill?


Firebrand, along with hundreds of world’s hackers, attended Hacker Halted 2011 in Miami. Firebrand was on a fact-finding mission, to add the latest techniques to the world’s most popular Ethical Hacking course


There were some shocking stats revealed from the conference:

  • There are 2,000,000 new malicious websites detected every month
  • 100,000 new malware screened every day 
  • The estimated global cost of the Zeus trojan virus is £50 million
  • Average days to fix a security vulnerability on a website is a 110 days
  • 44% of the world’s websites that have a serious security exposure every day of the year 
  • 70% of IT professionals and chief executives that say mobile computing is now the biggest threat to IT security

Robert Chapman, CEO of Firebrand Training says: “The stats from Hacker Halted are a reminder that we’re all more vulnerable than ever. There are thousands of new threats every day, and there currently aren’t enough ‘cyber defenders’ to deal with them.”


“The scary thing is that it’s not always about money. One hacker demonstrated how a wireless insulin pump could effectively be used to deliver fatal injections. It sounds like something from a sci-fi movie. But it’s here now, and it’s very real.”