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.

Attacks/Breaches

4/25/2017
09:45 AM
50%
50%

4 Industries Account for Majority of Global Ransomware Attacks

When it comes to 77% of global ransomware attacks, these four industries take the greatest hit, according to a global threat trends report released today.

Ransomware is rapidly on the rise and four industry sectors are taking the largest hit, accounting for 77% of the action, according to NTT Security's 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Report released today.

The business and professional services sector accounted for 28% of the ransomware attacks, followed by government at 19%, and healthcare and the retail sectors both coming in at 15%, the report noted.

Phishing was the most popular vehicle used to spread ransomware, and 73% of all malware attacks in general began with phishing messages sent to organizations. And when it comes to phishing attacks, the U.S. took the brunt of the abuse, capturing 41% of the nefarious action, while the Netherlands accounted for 38% and France a mere 5%.

NTT Security also found that only 25 passwords accounted for one-third of all authentication attempts made last year against the security firm's honeypots.

Read more about the 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Report here.

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
Threaded  |  Newest First  |  Oldest First
Joe Stanganelli
50%
50%
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
4/25/2017 | 1:27:40 PM
Financial
> The business and professional services sector

 

That's very broad, no?  Is financial services included in that (and, if so, what other verticals are included)?  Or is it a synonym for "financial services"?

If no to both questions, then color me surprised.
Dr.T
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
4/27/2017 | 12:09:31 PM
Re: Financial
"Is financial services included in that "

I would say yes, that is probably the biggest part.
RyanSepe
50%
50%
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
4/26/2017 | 8:39:43 AM
Surprised of Heathcare's percentage
I am surprised that healthcare wasn't more affected. Typically due to the nature of their industry security plays second fiddle to patient care. Meaning the security safeguards for protection are typically not as stringent.
Dr.T
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
4/27/2017 | 12:10:20 PM
Re: Surprised of Heathcare's percentage
" healthcare wasn't more affected."

It may be that healthcare is more protected.
RyanSepe
50%
50%
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
4/30/2017 | 6:11:17 PM
Re: Surprised of Heathcare's percentage
@Dr. T. Coming from healthcare, I would be suprised this was the case. Also, just from the cases last year like Hollywood Hospital and Titus seemed to back up that assertion.
Joe Stanganelli
50%
50%
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
4/29/2017 | 6:28:27 PM
Re: Surprised of Heathcare's percentage
@Ryan: My experience has been pretty much the opposite.  What experiences or whatnot inform your own perspective?
RyanSepe
50%
50%
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
4/30/2017 | 6:08:04 PM
Re: Surprised of Heathcare's percentage
@Joe. I was a Cyber Security Analyst for a series of hospitals under one network. Unless this was an anomaly which from my peers in the region didn't seem to be. My perspective was that patient care was the number 1 priority, which I would have to concur with. This leads to the premise of a free flow of data from practice to practice being paramount. In accordance with this idea, security safeguards in place were typically less stringent. I found this to premise to be the opposite after my transition to financial services. I was in heatlhcare for 3+ years. What has your perspective been?
Dr.T
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
4/27/2017 | 12:07:39 PM
professional services
Maybe professional services is where the money is, they expect to get it easily. 
Dr.T
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
4/27/2017 | 12:10:41 PM
government
I am surprised that government is on 19%. I would assume they would want to protect information from being released to public.
Dr.T
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
4/27/2017 | 12:12:18 PM
France a mere 5%
Wonder why people would not care about France.
Joe Stanganelli
50%
50%
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
4/29/2017 | 6:27:34 PM
Re: France a mere 5%
@Dr.T: I doubt it's people "not car[ing] about France" (after all, money's money), but could be for a variety of other reasons.  Perhaps the attacks weren't nearly as successful in France.  Perhaps people in France, being *far* more privacy conscious than people in the US, don't give out their emails as much.  Or perhaps the US is specifically targeted more because of a stereotype of dumb rich Americans.  Or so on.
Where Are the 'Great Exits' in the Data Security Market?
Dave Cole, Cofounder and CEO, Open Raven,  10/13/2020
Overcoming the Challenge of Shorter Certificate Lifespans
Mike Cooper, Founder & CEO of Revocent,  10/15/2020
US Counterintelligence Director & Fmr. Europol Leader Talk Election Security
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  10/16/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
Special Report: Computing's New Normal
This special report examines how IT security organizations have adapted to the "new normal" of computing and what the long-term effects will be. Read it and get a unique set of perspectives on issues ranging from new threats & vulnerabilities as a result of remote working to how enterprise security strategy will be affected long term.
Flash Poll
How IT Security Organizations are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
How IT Security Organizations are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
The COVID-19 pandemic turned the world -- and enterprise computing -- on end. Here's a look at how cybersecurity teams are retrenching their defense strategies, rebuilding their teams, and selecting new technologies to stop the oncoming rise of online attacks.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-4564
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-20
IBM Sterling B2B Integrator Standard Edition 5.2.0.0 through 6.0.3.1 and IBM Sterling File Gateway 2.2.0.0 through 6.0.3.1 are vulnerable to cross-site scripting. This vulnerability allows users to embed arbitrary JavaScript code in the Web UI thus altering the intended functionality potentially lea...
CVE-2020-4748
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-20
IBM Spectrum Scale 5.0.0 through 5.0.5.2 is vulnerable to cross-site scripting. This vulnerability allows users to embed arbitrary JavaScript code in the Web UI thus altering the intended functionality potentially leading to credentials disclosure within a trusted session. IBM X-Force ID: 188517.
CVE-2020-4749
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-20
IBM Spectrum Scale 5.0.0 through 5.0.5.2 does not set the secure attribute on authorization tokens or session cookies. Attackers may be able to get the cookie values by sending a http:// link to a user or by planting this link in a site the user goes to. The cookie will be sent to the insecure link ...
CVE-2020-4755
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-20
IBM Spectrum Scale 5.0.0 through 5.0.5.2 is vulnerable to cross-site scripting. This vulnerability allows users to embed arbitrary JavaScript code in the Web UI thus altering the intended functionality potentially leading to credentials disclosure within a trusted session. IBM X-Force ID: 188595.
CVE-2020-4756
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-20
IBM Spectrum Scale V4.2.0.0 through V4.2.3.23 and V5.0.0.0 through V5.0.5.2 as well as IBM Elastic Storage System 6.0.0 through 6.0.1.0 could allow a local attacker to invoke a subset of ioctls on the device with invalid arguments that could crash the keneral and cause a denial of service. IBM X-For...