DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The interconnectivity of technology has led to a point where many devices are potentially vulnerable, and in the third quarter, the real world impacts of cyberattacks became clear. Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704) today announced its security roundup report, “Hazards Ahead: Current Vulnerabilities Prelude Impending Attacks,” which analyzes the vulnerabilities and repercussions of attacks seen last quarter. The report unravels the aftermath of security breaches, loopholes found in mobile platforms and exploits posing risks not only to user privacy, but also to physical safety. Additionally, these security gaps serve as a prelude to potentially massive events that Trend Micro believes will greatly impact 2016.
“The evolution of breaches is beginning to take a turn toward real-world effects on enterprises’ bottom lines and people’s lives,” said Raimund Genes, CTO, Trend Micro. “The emergence of numerous vulnerabilities and other data breaches that occurred in this quarter are bound to release more confidential and potentially destructive information to the public, which could then be sold to the highest bidder on the Deep Web.”
Data breaches experienced last quarter, such as Ashley Madison, spurred a chain of attacks, in which dumping stolen confidential information in public domains tarnishes victims’ reputations, causing far greater damage than simple business disruptions. Cybercriminals, who leveraged the compromised information to launch extortion attacks and blackmail users, caused catastrophe for both Avid Life Media, the site owner, and more than 30 million Ashley Madison users – with reports of victim suicides in response to the impact this attack had on their personal lives.
Additionally, security breaches impacting the healthcare industry were prevalent in the third quarter, including the attack on the UCLA Health System where personal records of approximately 4.5 million patients were compromised. In fact, health and personally identifiable information (PII) was the second-most stolen data type out of all data breach categories. These instances reinforce why the healthcare industry continues to be an appealing target for cybercriminals.
Attackers are continuing to set their sights on mobile device users, taking advantage of gaps in security that exist on the iOS and Android platforms. The discovery of vulnerabilities in Android highlighted the need for a more integrated set of security strategies, while modified versions of app creation tools debunked the notion that the iOS walled garden approach to security can spare the platform from attacks.
“As Trend Micro analysts have observed, cyberspace has become more punitive and attacks are no longer isolated,” said Tom Kellermann, chief cybersecurity officer, Trend Micro. “To mitigate future breaches and reduce risk, enterprises must focus on intrusion suppression and address the advent of secondary infections. Integrating breach detection systems with intrusion prevention systems is fundamental to decreasing the time hackers dwell on their networks. Organizations should expect to be hit, and preparing to overcome this challenge will become the mantra in the winter of 2016.”
The following are a few report findings, highlighting third quarter activities:
For the complete report, please visit: http://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/us/security/research-and-analysis/threat-reports/roundup/vulnerabilities-prelude-impending-attacks
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