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Government, Finance Will See Increased Attacks

July 17, 2018 / Kacy Zurkus

The number of cyber incidents saw a 32% jump in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017, according to a new report from Positive Technologies. According to the report, hackers are motivated by data theft, and malware attacks have spiked 75% since Q1 2017. “Attackers are planning to either use these credentials in future attacks or profit by selling this information on the black market,” Leigh-Anne Galloway, cyber security resilience lead at Positive Technologies, said in today’s press release. According to the report, individuals were the primary victims of malware, which was used in five out of six attacks, often in combination with social engineering and exploitation of web vulnerabilities. Next to individuals, at 28%, government is the second-highest sector targeted by attacks, accounting for 16% of total attacks. Healthcare was at 8%, finance at 7% and IT at 5%. Spyware, which grants an attacker access to sensitive internal information and al...