Familiar Attacks Still Wreaking Havoc, HPE Cyber Risk Report Finds

 
 
By Sean M. Kerner  |  Posted 2016-02-23
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) released its 2016 Cyber Risk Report on Feb. 17, providing statistics and some analysis on security trends for the past year. While some things have changed over the course of the last year, many others have not. Among the changes observed by HPE is the increasing risk and exposure to individuals from the collateral damage that flows from large breaches. Collateral damage occurs when information taken from one breach is used in another, often without a victim having an indication that their information was ever at risk. While new platforms, including mobile devices, continue to grow in terms of usage, the majority of the malware in 2015 still targeted Microsoft Windows platforms. Going a step further, Adobe Flash, which has been a favorite application of attackers to exploit for the last several years, was once again a prime attack vector for hackers. That said, while Flash is popular for attackers, HPE's report notes that when looking at Web and email exploit samples, HTML and JavaScript were more popular than Flash. Perhaps most surprising is the fact that when it comes to the top vulnerability exploited in 2015, HPE reported that it was actually a vulnerability that was first patched back in 2010. In this slide show, eWEEK examines some of the top trends from the HPE Cyber Risk Report 2016.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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