Fear is the Path to the DarkSide
Infamously earlier this year, Colonial Pipeline, the largest pipeline operator in the United States, was compromised. Led by the cybercriminal gang DarkSide, the hackers did acquire the password to a VPN account that was no longer in use yet remained active. Without two-factor authentication, the single-factor authentication method granted the attackers access to Colonial’s IT network and, in turn, its sensitive data.
Some good news? The U.S. Department of Justice said it had recovered $2.3 million worth of Bitcoin that Colonial Pipeline paid to the DarkSide. If you are worried, this could happen to you or your business. Set up 2-Factor Authentication. It could save you 2.3 Million Dollars.
Two-factor authentication (also known as two-factor auth or 2FA) is an additional security layer used to keep accounts secure and ensure that people can’t gain access to online accounts that don’t belong to them. Find out more about two-factor authentication here at BrainStation.
You can find more information by reading this article by Eric Griffith, “Two-Factor Authentication: Who Has It and How to Set It Up.”.