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Cyber attacks in the government sector globally doubled during 2016; says NTT’s Security 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Report

May 09, 2017

As per the latest edition of Executive's Guide to the NTT Security 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Report, the number of cyber attacks on the government sector globally has doubled to 14 per cent in 2016. Attacks on the finance sector also increased dramatically from just 3 per cent in 2015 to 14 per cent of all attacks in 2016, followed by manufacturing sector at 13 per cent and retail at 11 per cent.

Lion’s share of cyber attacks (63 per cent) originated from IP addresses in the US, followed by the UK (4 per cent), and China (3 per cent). India with 1 per cent was 12th in the list of nations.

The US is the predominant location of cloud-hosted infrastructure globally. Threat actors often utilise public cloud to orchestrate attacks due to the low cost and stability of this infrastructure.

The report further stated that internet of things (IoT) and operating technology devices must be considered as both a potential source and target of attack. Of the IoT attacks detected in 2016, some 66 per cent were attempting to discover specific devices such as a particular model of video camera, 3 per cent were seeking a web server or other type of server, while 2 per cent were attempting to attack a database. Suspicious activities with 30 per cent share remained the most prevalent type of attack in 2016 followed by web application attack (16 per cent), server specific attack (8 per cent) and malware (7 per cent), Brute forcing (7 per cent) and application specific attack (7 per cent). Phishing attacks were responsible for 73 per cent of malware being delivered to an organisation.


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