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4/25/2017
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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.

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Joe Stanganelli
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4/25/2017 | 1:27:40 PM
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> 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.
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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
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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
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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.
Dr.T
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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.
Dr.T
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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
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4/27/2017 | 12:12:18 PM
France a mere 5%
Wonder why people would not care about France.
Joe Stanganelli
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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.
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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
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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?
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