Report: 76 percent of targeted Q1 attacks were aimed at government orgs

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According to Trend Micro, the public sector has remained a top target of cybercrime.

A quarterly report found that 76 percent of targeted attacks – primarily launched by hacktivists or nation-state actors – were aimed at the government sector.

Released Tuesday, Trend Micro's Q1 2014 report, called “Cybercrime Hits the Unexpected,” (PDF) highlighted the findings.

Other industries that lagged far behind in attack volume, were the industrial sector, which accounted for seven percent of targeted attacks, and the IT and telecommunications industries, which each accounted for five percent of attacks.

Trend Micro's findings were based on anonymous customer data in its global network. Daily, the firm correlates and analyzes 100 terabytes of data.

On Thursday, JD Sherry, vice president of technology and solutions at Trend Micro, told SCMagazine.com in an interview that “targeted attacks” were assumed to be those with “some element of intricate social engineering involved.”

“[That attacks leverage] something known about the target that is special or unique to them, gathered through social engineering or some aspect of their life that is exposed online,” Sherry explained.

He added that, the findings reaffirm research from Q4 of last year, which also deemed the public sector a top target for these attacks.

“Especially in the public sector, [targeted attacks] are definitely going to be hacktivist driven, or some other government trying to carry out espionage,” Sherry said.

In March, Trend Micro, revealed an espionage operation, dubbed the “Siesta campaign,” which targeted a diverse range of industries, including the energy, defense and telecommunications sector, via spear phishing emails sent to executives.

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