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LONDON and SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Shadows, the leader in digital risk protection, has today highlighted the growing role of Initial Access Brokers within the criminal ecosystem. Rather than infiltrating an organization deeply, this type of threat actor operates as a 'middleman' by breaching as many companies as possible and goes on to sell access to the highest bidder – often to ransomware groups. Their method of operating is flourishing during the pandemic as employees increasingly log in to systems remotely. Cyber criminals are exploiting this by scanning at scale for vulnerabilities which allow remote access such as in virtual private networks (VPNs) and selling this on.