According to the latest cybersecurity incident report released by Positive Technologies, the second quarter of 2018 increased by 47% year-on-year. The report pointed out that personal data (30%) and user credentials (22%) are the most attractive targets in cyber attacks, and this is the most necessary information for various hacked websites.
Although the year-on-year growth in the second quarter of 2018 is 14 percentage points lower than last year, the security situation of the entire Internet is still dire. User account information disclosure incidents increased from 7% in the first quarter of this year to 19%, while web vulnerability utilisation increased from 12% in the first quarter to 18%. Also, hackers will use zero-day vulnerabilities and social engineering to obtain the user’s login credentials.
“Cyberattacks in Q2 victimized 765 million ordinary users to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. Today, you can never be sure that criminals don’t have your credit card number from one source or another. Even when you buy a brand-new smartphone in a store, you can still end up getting pre-installed malware. The upward trend in data theft will likely endure. Many companies fail to properly secure information, making it easy for even low-skilled hackers to steal customer data. Once stolen, this data is often sold on the darknet, as detailed in our report on the criminal cyberservices market.”