1Cyber-Attackers Continue to Be Financially Motivated, Report Finds
The end of the year is a prime time for attackers to ramp up cyber-attacks, according to Positive Technologies’ Cybersecurity Threatscape Report for the fourth quarter of 2017. According to the 24-page report, Positive Technologies recorded more unique cyber-security incidents in the fourth quarter than at any other point in 2017. While cyber-attackers have different objectives, Positive Technologies found that the vast majority (73 percent) were motivated by financial gain. In addition, the report found that malware continues to be the primary attack method for exploiting victims. Looking at the victims of cyber-attacks in the fourth quarter, Positive Technologies reported that nearly a third (32 percent) were individuals, while 15 percent were industrial companies. In this slide show, eWEEK looks at some of the highlights from the Positive Technologies Cybersecurity Threatscape Report for Q4 2017.
2Financial Gain Is Attackers’ Top Motive
3Individuals Are the Top Victim Category
4U.S. and Russia Are Most Heavily Attacked Countries
5Cyber-Attacks Spike in the Fourth Quarter
6Malware Is the Top Attack Method
7Social Engineering Targets Individuals
8Attacks Continue to Vary by Industry
While financial gain remains the top motive across all industries, Positive Technologies found that there is variability across different industries in terms of targets and attack methods. For example, in the finance industry malware was the top attack method, while in health care the top method was compromise of credentials.