Web app attacks, PoS intrusions and cyberespionage leading causes of data breaches
Web application attacks, point-of-sale intrusions, cyberespionage and crimeware were the leading causes of confirmed data breaches last year.
The findings are based on data collected by Verizon Enterprise Solutions and 70 other organizations from almost 80,000 security incidents and over 2,000 confirmed data breaches in 61 countries.
According to Verizon’s 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report, which analyzes security incidents that happened last year, the top five affected industries by number of confirmed data breaches were: public administration, financial services, manufacturing, accommodations and retail.
Humans were again the weak link that led to many of the compromises. The data shows that phishing—whether used to trick users into opening infected email attachments, click on malicious links, or input their credentials on rogue websites—remains the weapon of choice for many criminals and spies.