Verizon Data Breach Report: DoS Skyrockets, Espionage Dips

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Denial-of-service (DoS) attacks have spiked over the past year, while cyber-espionage campaigns have spiraled downwards. That’s according to Verizon’s 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) released Tuesday, which analyzed 32,002 security incidents and 3,950 data breaches across 16 industry verticals.

Notably, this year DoS attacks increased in number (13,000 incidents) and were also seen as a bigger part of cybercriminals’ toolboxes (DoS attacks made up 40 percent of security incidents reported), beating out crimeware and web applications. While DoS attacks use differing tactics, they most commonly involve sending junk network traffic to overwhelm and crash systems. It doesn’t help that cybercriminals have been creating new and dangerous botnets to launch DoS attacks, like Kaiji or Mirai variants, over the past few years.

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Verizon DBIR: Web App Attacks and Security Errors Surge
Verizon’s 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), released Tuesday, analyzed 32,002 security incidents and 3,950 data breaches to sniff out the top causes of data breaches over the past year. While cyber-espionage attacks and malware decreased, other trends, such as security “errors” (cloud misconfigurations, etc.), denial-of-service (DoS) campaigns and web application attacks saw startling growth. DBIR co-author Gabe Bassett, who is the senior information security data scientist at Verizon, talked to Threatpost about the biggest takeaways from the report for this year.

Cyber attacks are increasingly all about financial gain, report says
A desire to steal money continues to be the leading motivator behind cyber attacks, according to Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report.

The report, released Tuesday, appeared prescient after EasyJet announced the same day that hackers stole personal data on 9 million customers, including the credit card details of more than 2,000 people.

Financial gain trumps espionage as top motivator in cyber attacks: report
Money trumped spying as the top motivator for data breaches last year, according to Verizon’s annual report on cyber crimes published on Tuesday.

About nine out of 10 breaches were financially motivated, based on an examination of more than 32,000 incidents and nearly 4,000 confirmed break-ins in 81 countries, the report said.

2020 Data Breach Investigations Report

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