Terrorists opt for consumer tools

Although cybercriminals have been turning out specialized hacking and attack tools at a rapid pace, terrorists are often using legitimate, consumer-focused technologies, according to a new Trend Micro report.

“They’re abusing legitimate technology for their own gain,” said Ed Cabrera, vice president of cybersecurity strategy at Trend Micro.

Sometimes, the vendors involved shut down accounts that are being used by terrorists, he said.

“As accounts become not usable, they pivot to other applications,” he said.

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