91 per­cent of or­ga­ni­za­tions suf­fered a cy­ber-at­tack in 2013: Sur­vey

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Com­pa­nies are in­creas­ingly fall­ing vic­tim to cy­ber-at­tacks. 91 per­cent of or­ga­ni­za­tions polled suf­fered a cy­ber-at­tack at least once in the pre­ced­ing 12-month pe­riod, while 9 per­cent were the vic­tims of tar­geted at­tacks, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent sur­vey con­ducted by Kasper­sky Lab and B2B In­ter­na­tional.

“The ex­ten­sive use of dig­i­tal de­vices in busi­ness has cre­ated ideal con­di­tions for cy­ber-es­pi­onage and the de­ploy­ment of mal­ware ca­pa­ble of steal­ing cor­po­rate data. The po­ten­tial is so great that ma­li­cious pro­grams may soon com­pletely re­place com­pany in­sid­ers as the way of gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion,” said the re­port.

2013 saw some ma­jor dis­clo­sures about spy­ware-led at­tacks that were re­lated, di­rectly or in­di­rectly, to the ac­tiv­i­ties of var­i­ous gov­ern­ments’ agencies. The re­port said that out­sourced cy­ber­crim­i­nal forces per­formed op­er­a­tions that were usu­ally aimed at steal­ing in­for­ma­tion. Other at­tacks were based on sab­o­tage — us­ing ma­li­cious pro­grams to wipe data or block in­fra­struc­ture op­er­a­tions. Cy­ber­crim­i­nals could also com­pro­mise cor­po­rate sites and re­di­rect vis­i­tors to ma­li­cious re­sources, dam­ag­ing a com­pany’s rep­u­ta­tion.

As per the re­port, fi­nan­cial losses were caused by a DDoS at­tack, which can close down a com­pany’s pub­lic­fac­ing web re­sources for sev­eral days. Clients start look­ing for a more re­li­able com­pany, which re­sults in long-term fi­nan­cial losses.

“Cy­ber­crim­i­nals are con­tin­u­ously im­prov­ing their mal­ware, us­ing un­con­ven­tional ap­proaches, from so-called en­cryp­tors and shred­ders that spread in a cor­po­rate en­vi­ron­ment, to an army of zom­bies that de­vours ev­ery avail­able re­source on web servers and data trans­fer net­works. In 2013, we also fixed first case of tar­get­ing sup­ply chains — not be­ing able to reach big or­ga­ni­za­tions, cy­ber­crim­i­nals get their ‘weak point’, com­pro­mis­ing con­trac­tors, as in the Ice­fog at­tacks,” said Vi­taly Kam­luk, Prin­ci­pal Se­cu­rity Re­searcher of Kasper­sky Lab’s Global Re­search and Anal­y­sis Team.

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