Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Analytics

2/3/2016
01:05 PM
50%
50%

Passwords, Email Addresses, Were Most Stolen Data In 2015

Analysis of public data breaches finds US and UK represented more than 45% of all reported breaches last year, and major energy firms make the list of most multiple breaches.

A tally of reported data breach incidents worldwide in 2015 shows that user credentials are one of the hottest commodities bad hackers crave: some 50% of all incidents exposed passwords and email addresses.

Risk Based Security in new report also found that of the nearly 4,000 reported incidents, which exposed some 736 million data records, 40.5% occurred in US organizations, accounting for nearly 65% of the breached data for the year.

Most of the stolen data records -- some 238 million -- came from just four data breaches. Some 55% of the attacks victimized between 1 and 1,000 data records, according to Risk Based Security, which tracks reported data breaches via its proprietary application that crawls breach reports and also manually gathers information via the Open Security Foundation.

Oil companies as well as convenience stores landed in the Top 12 of companies suffering multiple incidents last year, including Shell Oil, 7-Eleven, Exxon Mobil, Circle K Convenience Stores, and Sunoco. Some of that trend had to do with a resurgence in skimming attacks on gas pumps.

Government agencies reported some 37 multiple incidents; retail, 32; and education, 27. “A staggering 142 organizations reported multiple data breaches in 2015 alone, setting another dubious record,” says Barry Kouns, CEO of Risk Based Security.

Read more from the report here.

Interop 2016 Las VegasFind out more about the latest information security threats at Interop 2016, May 2-6, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas. Register today and receive an early bird discount of $200.

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio
 

Recommended Reading:

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
batye
50%
50%
batye,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/4/2016 | 1:48:36 AM
scary but interesting
sad and scary reality of IT security... 
News
US Formally Attributes SolarWinds Attack to Russian Intelligence Agency
Jai Vijayan, Contributing Writer,  4/15/2021
News
Dependency Problems Increase for Open Source Components
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  4/14/2021
News
FBI Operation Remotely Removes Web Shells From Exchange Servers
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  4/14/2021
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you today!
Flash Poll
How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
How Enterprises are Developing Secure Applications
Recent breaches of third-party apps are driving many organizations to think harder about the security of their off-the-shelf software as they continue to move left in secure software development practices.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2021-31607
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-23
In SaltStack Salt 2016.9 through 3002.6, a command injection vulnerability exists in the snapper module that allows for local privilege escalation on a minion. The attack requires that a file is created with a pathname that is backed up by snapper, and that the master calls the snapper.diff function...
CVE-2021-31597
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-23
The xmlhttprequest-ssl package before 1.6.1 for Node.js disables SSL certificate validation by default, because rejectUnauthorized (when the property exists but is undefined) is considered to be false within the https.request function of Node.js. In other words, no certificate is ever rejected.
CVE-2021-2296
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-22
Vulnerability in the Oracle VM VirtualBox product of Oracle Virtualization (component: Core). The supported version that is affected is Prior to 6.1.20. Difficult to exploit vulnerability allows high privileged attacker with logon to the infrastructure where Oracle VM VirtualBox executes to compromi...
CVE-2021-2297
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-22
Vulnerability in the Oracle VM VirtualBox product of Oracle Virtualization (component: Core). The supported version that is affected is Prior to 6.1.20. Difficult to exploit vulnerability allows high privileged attacker with logon to the infrastructure where Oracle VM VirtualBox executes to compromi...
CVE-2021-2298
PUBLISHED: 2021-04-22
Vulnerability in the MySQL Server product of Oracle MySQL (component: Server: Optimizer). Supported versions that are affected are 8.0.23 and prior. Easily exploitable vulnerability allows low privileged attacker with network access via multiple protocols to compromise MySQL Server. Successful attac...