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A Brisk Private Trade in Zero-Days Widens Their Use

A Brisk Private Trade in Zero-Days Widens Their Use

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There were more zero-days exploited in 2019 than any of the previous three years, according to telemetry from FireEye Mandiant. The firm said that’s likely due to more zero-days coming up for sale by cyber-weapons dealers like NSO Group; a growing commercial market has made such tools much more widely available.

While the identification and exploitation of zero-day vulnerabilities has historically been a calling card for only the most sophisticated cybercriminals, a wider range of threat actors are now gaining access to exploits for undocumented, unpatched bugs simply by buying them – no deep security expertise required.

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