Verizon 2011 Data Breach Report
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April 19, 2011 – "Data loss through cyber attacks decreased sharply in 2010, but the total number of breaches was higher than ever, according to the "Verizon 2011 Data Breach Investigations Report"*... The number of compromised records involved in data breaches investigated by Verizon and the U.S. Secret Service dropped from 144 million in 2009 to only 4 million in 2010, representing the lowest volume of data loss since the report’s launch in 2008. Yet this year’s report covers approximately 760 data breaches, the largest caseload to date. According to the report, the seeming contradiction between the low data loss and the high number of breaches likely stems from a significant decline in large-scale breaches, caused by a change in tactics by cybercriminals. They are engaging in small, opportunistic attacks rather than large-scale, difficult attacks and are using relatively unsophisticated methods to successfully penetrate organizations... Hacking (50 percent) and malware (49 percent) were the most prominent types of attack, with many of those attacks involving weak or stolen credentials and passwords. For the first time, physical attacks - such as compromising ATMs - appeared as one of the three most common ways to steal information, and constituted 29 percent of all cases investigated...
Key Findings of the 2011 Report:
• Large-scale breaches dropped dramatically while small attacks increased...
• Outsiders are responsible for most data breaches...
• Physical attacks are on the rise...
• Hacking and malware is the most popular attack method...
• Stolen passwords and credentials are out of control..."
April 18, 2011 - "... hackers are hitting a larger number of smaller businesses. The attacks are less sophisticated, but they are also more likely to stay under the radar of law enforcement... hackers are more likely to go after smaller companies with less than 100 employees... Malicious software such as keyloggers and back door programs were involved about half the time."
Edited by AplusWebMaster, 20 April 2011 - 06:08 AM.