Atlanta: Issues, Part II

The city of Atlanta operations had been severely crippled in March 2018, arising from a rather serious and in-depth ransomware attack. This successful attack made the city of Atlanta operations very difficult. The city is still working to recover from this (https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2018/06/08/wi-fi-phishing-attacks/).

On the tail of the issues being remediated, another attack is passively underway. A security firm has detected hundreds of WiFi phishing sites actively InfoSec, information security, cybersecurity, cyber-security, defenses, static defenses working. Surprisingly these are located not only proximate to the city hall, but also inside of the building. The research firm also detected active attacks in the Georgia State Capital. This is located merely a few blocks away from the Atlanta City Hall.

The attack was detected by the Coronet Secure Cloud Platform. The specific phishing attacks included Evil Twins, Captive Portals, and ARP Poisoning.

This instance brings up the importance of defensive measures. A static, flat defense is not a workable solution presently. The attackers will utilize the most current methods, pivoting to which method works the best for the circumstance. This does come at a cost, however, this is much better than the costs and expenses associated with breaches.

About the Author - Charles Parker, II has been working in the info sec field for over a decade, performing pen tests, vulnerability assessments, consulting with small- to medium-sized businesses to mitigate and remediate their issues, and preparing IT and info sec policies and procedures. Mr. Parker’s background includes work in the banking, medical, automotive, and staffing industries.

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