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Wednesday, 24 April 2013 09:14

Verizon claims most hacks come from China

Written by Nick Farrell



96 per cent of all espionage data-breach incidents

Verizon's 2013 Data Breach Investigation Report has been released and has the staggering statistic that 96 per cent of all espionage data-breach incidents originated in China. The information is gleaned by its own forensics team and data breach info from 19 partner organisations worldwide. The report covers about 621 confirmed breaches and about 47,000 security incidents that occurred in 2012.

Verizon's Dave Hylender wrote that money-minded miscreants continued to cash in on low-hanging fruit from any tree within reach. Bolder bandits took aim at better-defended targets in hopes of bigger hauls. Activist groups DoS'd and hacked under the very different - and sometimes blurred - banners of personal ideology and just-for-the-fun-of-it lulz. And, as a growing list of victims shared their stories, clandestine activity attributed to state-affiliated actors stirred international intrigue, he said.

China was involved in 96 per cent of all espionage data-breach incidents, most often targeting manufacturing, professional and transportation industries. Hylender said that the assets China targeted within those industries included laptop/desktop, file server, mail server and directory server, in order to steal credentials, internal organization data, trade secrets and system info.

More than 95 per cent of the attacks started with phishing which had become much more sophisticated, often targeting specific individuals and using tactics that are harder for IT to control. Phishers are using phone calls and social networking, too, the report said.

Nick Farrell

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