July 25, 2017 11:30
Between 1 January and 30 June 2017, it is produced 791 cyber attacks in the United States, which is a record level on a half-year, according to figures published by theIdentity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and CyberScout. This is an increase of 29% compared to the same period of 2016.
At this rate, the ITRC provides that the number of cyber attacks could reach 1 500 for the whole year 2017, representing an annual increase of nearly 37 % compared to 2016, which already had a historic summit with 1 093 incidents.
The business sector in mind
Since 2005, the ITRC identifies the data breaches into five industry sectors : financial Services; Health/medicine; Government/military; Education; Business. Up to now, in 2017, it is the corporate sector which tops the ranking with 54.7 per cent of the total offences, followed by the health sector (22.6 per cent). The education sector ranks third (11 % of offences total), followed by the financial sector (5.8 per cent) and the services of the government and the defense (5.6 percent).
As to the different methods of attack, 63 % of breaches involved hacking as a primary method, an increase of 5.0% compared to the figures for 2016. Phishing has been involved in nearly half (47.7 per cent) of these attacks. Finally, ransomware (malicious software that hijacks personal data) accounted for 18.5% of the incidents.
The social security numbers that are highly sought after
During the first half of 2017, 60 % of attacks involved the social security numbers that represent the most efficient way to identity theft. This figure is slightly down compared to the first half of 2016 (61 %). The exposure of credit card or debit in the first half of 2017 has increased slightly compared to the figures of 2016, respectively, 12.6 % and 9.6 %. Several with high-level data in the hospitality and fast food have contributed to this increase.
«Cyber attacks targeting businesses will continue to increase, as the pirates aim to steal the personal data of the most sensitive and then claim large sums of money in the form of ransom. All of these trends highlight the need for companies to take steps to manage their risks and prepare scenarios of data breaches and to obtain insurance protection, » stresses Matt Cullina, CEO of CyberScout and a partner of the report.