Cisco and Talos are continuing to track and research a series of ongoing cyber attacks and espionage targeting out-of-date and unpatched network hardware.
In this video, Hazel Burton interviews Matt Olney and J.J. Cummings from Talos to discuss the “Jaguar Tooth” campaign the U.K. government and other global intelligence agencies recently disclosed. J.J. and Matt were at the forefront of Talos’ research into these campaigns and have spent years providing advice to customers and users about the importance of network hygiene and resilience on the perimeter.
Jaguar Tooth is an example of a much broader trend of sophisticated adversaries targeting networking infrastructure to advance espionage objectives or pre-position for future destructive activity.
“What happened in this case, is that we had a series of incidents that we worked...and put some pieces together. What we were seeing multiple threat actors in sustained campaigns going after router infrastructure in a similar way,” Olney says in the video. “They were targeting different devices, but they were most successful in out-of-date hardware and end-of-life software.”
Watch the video above to learn more about Talos’ research into these campaigns, advice on steps to take if you believe you could be the target of one of these attacks, and a broader overview of the importance of network hygiene.
Organizations that fail to update their hardware and software will both be more likely to be a victim of unpatched security vulnerabilities but also will have fewer tools to combat adversaries. Cisco customers can check their version of software to see if any known vulnerabilities exist in it here. You can learn more about Cisco Trustworthy Technologies here. Several related resources, tools, and services can be found at The Trust Center here.