Time to strike back at cyber criminals

Dmitry Bagrov, Managing Partner at DataArt UK, comments for the Times special report on fighting digital fraud, whose latest victim, UK’s Carphone Warehouse, had 2.4 million accounts compromised.

If there is a common denominator in every data breach, it is the claim by victims that the attack was “sophisticated”. All attacks, whether they are brute-force attempts to take down a web site or a dodgy USB stick that infects a corporate network, immediately become sophisticated once they succeed.

However, Dmitry Bagrov, UK managing director of technology consultants DataArt, doubts that many actually are. “Well they would say that wouldn’t they?” he says, misquoting Mandy Rice-Davies, on the so-called sophistication of an attack once a company realises its systems had been too vulnerable.

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