Hackers Using Old Tricks To Snare Victims in Their Cyber Traps

While hackers are developing more sophisticated techniques, it is the older, less advanced tactics that are often the most successful, according to a new report on cyberattacks released by Verizon on Wednesday. That's mainly because hackers are able to still exploit vulnerabilities that were first uncovered up to eight years ago. The reason: many users fail to implement available security patches.

According to the report, 70 percent of cyberattacks employ a combination of both phishing and hacking to infiltrate systems, often targeting secondary victims. Yet the report pointed out that many cyberattacks could be prevented through a more vigilant approach to cybersecurity.

Hackers Need Only Minutes

EUWe continue to see sizable gaps in how organizations defend themselves,EU said Mike Denning, vice president of global security for Verizon Enterprise Solutions. EUWhile there is no guarantee against being breached, organizations can greatly manage their risk by becoming more vigilant in covering their bases. This continues to be a main theme, based on more than 10 years of data from our EUData Breach Investigations ReportEU series.EU

In 60 percent of breaches, attackers were able to compromise an organization within minutes. However, as in prior reports, this yearEUs findings again indicated that the time that elapses between the occurrence of a breach until it is discovered -- referred to as the EUdetection deficit" -- is far too long.

In more than a quarter of all breaches, it took the victim organization weeks, or even months, to contain the breach. The longer it takes for an organization to discover a breach, the more time attackers have to penetrate its defenses and cause damage.

Most Attacks Use One of Three Techniques

The bulk (96 percent) of the nearly 80,000 security incidents -- and 2,100 confirmed data breaches -- analyzed this year could be traced to nine basic attack patterns that vary from...

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