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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

75 percent of cyber attacks are opportunistic

Verizon’s 2013 Data Breach Investigation Report posited that 75 per cent of hackers target a website purely because its security systems are weak puts even more pressure on businesses to make sure that their defence systems and protocols are up to date and thorough. A large number of data breaches (45 per cent) came from customer service workers whose lack of security knowhow or training meant that they were often easy targets for hackers. Worryingly, two thirds (66 per cent) of all breaches took months (62 per cent) or even years (4 per cent) to discover - leaving it even harder for criminals to track.   


In a small number of cases recorded by Verizon it was a customer that discovered the breach, causing embarrassment for the business and its reputation.

Verizon argues that there are three key types of hackers who target online data; criminals, who are motivated by financial gain, spies, who are state sponsored - often by Russia and China - and are looking to steal industrial or military secrets for their country and activists (or hacktivists) who aim to cause maximum disruption and embarrassment to their victims.

State sponsored spies, contrary to common belief, used relatively simple phishing types of attacks focused on garnering important data from weak links in organisations. Criminals, said the report, were the most sophisticated of the three groups, with hacktivists relying upon relatively quick and simple methods that caused public embarrassment, rather than financial damage.


Posted on 04/23