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Cybercriminals use research contests to create new attack methods

September 1, 2023

Adversary-sponsored research contests on cybercriminal forums focus on new methods of attack and evasion, according to Sophos.

The contests mirror legitimate security conference ‘Call For Papers’ and provide the winners considerable financial rewards and recognition from peers and also potential jobs. As outlined in Sophos X-Ops latest report these contests are designed to drive innovation, and when analyzed, the entries provide invaluable insight into how cybercriminals attempt to overcome security obstacles.

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