Verizon Breach Report: Attacks on top executives and cloud-based email services increased in 2018 | SC Media
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Verizon Breach Report: Attacks on top executives and cloud-based email services increased in 2018

May 9, 2019
  • Perpetrators: 69 percent of breaches were executed by outsiders, including cybercriminal groups (39 percent) and nation-state or state-affiliated actors (23 percent). Just over a third, 34 percent, involved an insider threat. (Some breaches could have involved both external and internal actors.)
  • Tactics: 52 percent of breaches involved hacking, 33 percent included social engineering as a component, 32 percent involved phishing, 29 percent were made possible through stolen credentials and 28 percent were malware-enabled.
  • Motive: 71 percent of breaches were financially motivated, while 25 percent were conducted as part of an espionage operation designed to gain a strategic advantage.
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