False flags, red herrings and wild goose chases: Why unmasking hackers is harder than ever

June 18, 2015

Working out who is behind a cyber attack is one of the hardest parts of dealing with any security incident – and it’s getting a lot harder. 

While it might be all but impossible to bring hackers to justice, especially if they are in another country or even working for a foreign government, understanding who the attack is coming from is often the key to defending against it.

 That’s why organisations under attack have to care about identifying the intruders, says Mike Oppenheim, senior threat intelligence analyst at security company Mandiant, even if that identification never leads to an arrest.

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