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