2016 was a year that saw an increasing number of cyber attacks.
Cyber attacks: which sectors?
According to the report, it appears that the most serious attacks occurred in the health sector (+102%), in large-scale distribution (+70%) and the banking sector (+64%).
The Clusit report also highlights the exponential growth of attacks via phishing and social engineering, techniques that exploit the weaknesses of web users. Cyber warfare attacks, a wide spectrum of actions aimed at increasing geopolitical pressure and public opinion, were equally as high.
Some of the most significant cyber attacks in 2016 were the Farnesina and Mirai botnet attacks, a specific network of computers infected by hackers which caused a major blackout in the United States.
Which geographical areas?
Essentially, it seems that no one in the world is truly safe from any kind of cyber attack. In geographical terms, approximately 16% of attacks occurred in Europe, while 15 to 16% took place in Asia; the USA on the other hand seems to be one of the countries most affected by cyber attacks.
In addition to the Clusit report, many other entities around the world have carried out analysis reports on cyber attacks. According to NTT Communications, 2016 did indeed bring in a total of 6 billion online attacks on e-commerce, news and video entertainment services.
Michael Wheeler, vice president of NTT Communications, says that “during the first half of 2017 there was a growth in demand for cyber protection services, especially against DDoS attacks”.
Cyber threats are now an extremely frequent and common way to profit from tampering and harming other people’s computer systems.
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