One of the emerging issues of 2023 in the cybersecurity theatre has been the ability of cybercriminals being able to access professionally made tools they can use to compromise the computer systems of their intended victims. Access to these tools has been made possible by the use of malware as a service (MaaS), which provides cybercriminals with personalized online accounts they can use to rent malware such as ransomware, trojans, keyloggers, viruses, worms, adware, spyware, e.t.c.
At its core, MaaS is a type of cybercrime that operates as a legitimate software-as-a-service (SaaS) business by providing tools and services that cybercriminals are looking for. They are able to provide web-based services such as a slick user interface and tiered subscriptions. For its paying customers, they are able to access other communication channels, such as Telegram and newsletters. In most cases, their branding, marketing, and customer services are almost indistinguishable from their legitimate SaaS counterparts.
Malware as a Service Through the Lense of Veterinary practices
As seen from the above definition of MaaS, cybercriminals can now easily access professionally made tools that can be able to compromise complex computer systems. The ease of access to hacking tools has given the power to cybercriminals who are willing to go after any victim, regardless of size, as long as they make money from their criminal activity.
To understand why malware as a service threatens veterinary practices, below are the top five cybersecurity threats posed by cybercriminals using such platforms:
As seen from the above analysis, the threat of malware as a service is becoming an increasingly significant threat to veterinary practices in 2023. . With MaaS, cybercriminals have easy access to professional tools that enable them to launch complex cyberattacks on organizations of all sizes. The availability of these tools has enabled cybercriminals with minimal hacking skills to launch attacks such as ransomware, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, and phishing campaigns.
Therefore, as veterinary practices continue adopting technology, extra care and concern for cybersecurity must also be emphasized. With the number of cybercriminals willing to compromise them increasing, it is also important for veterinary practices to seek professional cybersecurity experts when making decisions on the types of IT products they use on a daily basis.