Cybersecurity issues are becoming a day-to-day struggle for businesses. Trends show a huge increase in hacked and breached data from sources that are increasingly common in the workplace, like mobile and IoT devices.
Additionally, recent research suggests that most companies have unprotected data and poor cybersecurity practices in place, making them vulnerable to data loss.
We’ve compiled 60 cybersecurity statistics to give you a better idea of the current state of overall security, and paint a picture of how potentially dire leaving your company unsecure can be.
Data Breaches by the Numbers
The increasing amount of large-scale, well-publicized breaches suggests that not only are the number of security breaches going up — they’re increasing in severity, as well.
- In 2016, 3 billion Yahoo accounts were hacked in one of the biggest breaches of all time. (Oath.com)
- In 2016, Uber reported that hackers stole the information of over 57 million riders and drivers. (Uber)
- In 2017, 412 million user accounts were stolen from Friendfinder’s sites. (LeakedSource)
- In 2017, 147.9 million consumers were affected by the Equifax Breach. (Equifax)
- According to 2017 statistics, there are over 130 large-scale, targeted breaches in the U.S. per year, and that number is growing by 27 percent per year. (Accenture)
- Thirty-one percent of organizations have experienced cyber attacks on operational technology infrastructure. (Cisco)
- 100,000 groups in at least 150 countries and more than 400,000 machines were infected by the Wannacry virus in 2017, at a total cost of around $4 billion. (Malware Tech Blog)
- Attacks involving cryptojacking increased by 8,500 percent in 2017. (Symantec)
- In 2017, 5.4 billion attacks by the WannaCry virus were blocked. (Symantec)
- There are around 24,000 malicious mobile apps blocked every day. (Symantec)
- In 2017, the average number of breached records by country was 24,089. The nation with the most breaches annually was India with over 33k files; the US had 28.5k. (Ponemon Institute’s 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study)
- In 2018, Under Armor reported that its “My Fitness Pal” was hacked, affecting 150 million users. (Under Armor)
- Between January 1, 2005 and April 18, 2018 there have been 8,854 recorded breaches. (ID Theft Resource Center)
Average expenditures on cybercrime are increasing dramatically, and costs associated with these crimes can be crippling to companies who have not made cybersecurity part of their regular budget.
- In 2017, cyber crime costs accelerated with organizations spending nearly 23 percent more than 2016 — on average about $11.7 million. (Accenture)
- The average cost of a malware attack on a company is $2.4 million. (Accenture)
- The average cost in time of a malware attack is 50 days. (Accenture)
- From 2016 to 2017 there was an 22.7 percentage increase in cybersecurity costs. (Accenture)
- The average global cost of cyber crime increased by over 27 percent in 2017. (Accenture)
- The most expensive component of a cyber attack is information loss, which represents 43 percent of costs. (Accenture)
- Ransomware damage costs exceed $5 billion in 2017, 15 times the cost in 2015. (CSO Online)
- The Equifax breach cost the company over $4 billion in total. (Time Magazine)
- The average cost per lost or stolen records per individual is $141 — but that cost varies per country. Breaches are most expensive in the United States ($225) and Canada ($190). (Ponemon Institute’s 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study)
- In companies with over 50k compromised records, the average cost of a data breach is $6.3 million. (Ponemon Institute’s 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study)
- Including turnover of customers, increased customer acquisition activities, reputation losses and diminished goodwill the cost of lost business globally was highest for U.S. companies at $4.13 million per company. (Ponemon Institute’s 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study)
- Damage related to cybercrime is projected to hit $6 trillion annually by 2021. (Cybersecurity Ventures)
Cybersecurity Facts and Figures
It’s crucial to have a grasp on the general landscape of metrics surrounding cybersecurity issues, including what the most common types of attacks are and where they come from.
- Ransomware detections have been more dominant in countries with higher numbers of internet-connected populations. The United States ranks highest with 18.2 percent of all ransomware attacks. (Symantec)
- Trojan horse virus Ramnit largely affected the financial sector in 2017, accounting for 53 percent of attacks. (Cisco)
- Most malicious domains, about 60 percent, are associated with spam campaigns. (Cisco)
- Seventy-four percent of companies have over 1,000 stale sensitive files. (Varonis)
- Malware and web-based attacks are the two most costly attack types — companies spent an average of US $2.4 million in defense. (Accenture)
- The financial services industry takes in the highest cost from cyber crime at an average of $18.3m per company surveyed. (Accenture)
- Microsoft Office formats such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel make up the most prevalent group of malicious file extensions at 38 percent of the total. (Cisco)
- About 20 percent of malicious domains are very new and used around 1 week after they are registered. (Cisco)
- Over 20 percent of cyber attacks in 2017 came from China, 11 percent from the US and 6 percent from the Russian Federation. (Symantec)
- The app categories with most cybersecurity issues are lifestyle apps, which account for 27 percent of malicious apps. Music and audio apps account for 20 percent. (Symantec)
- The information that apps most often leak are phone numbers (63 percent) and device location (37 percent). (Symantec)
- In 2017, spear-phishing emails were the most widely used infection vector, employed by 71 percent of those groups that staged cyber attacks. (Symantec)
- Between 2015 and 2017, the U.S. was the country most affected by targeted cyber attacks with 303 known large-scale attacks. (Symantec)
- In 2017, overall malware variants were up by 88 percent. (Symantec)
- Among the top 10 malware detections were Heur.AdvML.C 23,335,068 27.5 2 Heur.AdvML.B 10,408,782 12.3 3 and JS.Downloader 2,645,965 3.1 (Symantec)
- By 2020, the estimated number of passwords used by humans and machines worldwide will grow to 300 billion. (Cybersecurity Media)
With new threats emerging every day, the risks of not securing files is more dangerous than ever, especially for companies.
- 21 percent of all files are not protected in any way. (Varonis)
- 41 percent of companies have over 1,000 sensitive files including credit card numbers and health records left unprotected. (Varonis)
- 70 percent of organizations say that they believe their security risk increased significantly in 2017. (Ponemon Institute’s 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study)
- 69 percent of organizations don’t believe the threats they’re seeing can be blocked by their anti-virus software. (Ponemon Institute’s 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study)
- Nearly half of the security risk that organizations face stems from having multiple security vendors and products. (Cisco)
- 7 out of 10 organizations say their security risk increased significantly in 2017. (Ponemon Institute’s 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study)
- 65 percent of companies have over 500 users who never are never prompted to change their passwords. (Varonis)
- Ransomware attacks are growing more than 350 percent annually. (Cisco)
- IoT attacks were up 600 percent in 2017. (Symantec)
- The industry with the highest number of attacks by ransomware is the healthcare industry. Attacks will quadruple by 2020. (CSO Online)
- 61 percent of breach victims in 2017 were businesses with under 1,000 employees. (Verizon)
- Ransomware damage costs will rise to $11.5 billion in 2019 and a business will fall victim to a ransomware attack every 14 seconds at that time. (Cybersecurity Ventures)
- Variants of mobile malware increased by 54 percent in 2017. (Symantec)
- Today, 1 in 13 web requests lead to malware (Up 3 percent from 2016). (Symantec)
- 2017 represented an 80 percent increase in new malware on Mac computers. (Symantec)
- In 2017 there was a 13 percent overall increase in reported system vulnerabilities. (Symantec)
- 2017 brought a 29 percent Increase in industrial control system–related vulnerabilities. (Symantec)
- By 2020, we expect IT analysts covering cybersecurity will be predicting five-year spending forecasts (to 2025) at well over $1 trillion. (Cybersecurity Ventures)
- The United States and the Middle East spend the most on post-data breach response. Costs in the U.S. were $1.56 million and $1.43 million in the Middle East. (Ponemon Institute’s 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study)
There’s no question that the situation with cybercrime is dire. Luckily, by assessing your business’s cybersecurity risk, making with company-wide changes and improving overall security behavior, it’s possible to protect your business from most data breaches.
Make sure you’ve done everything you can do to avoid your company becoming a victim to an attack. The time to change the culture toward improved cybersecurity is now.
An emergency directive from the Department of Homeland Security provides “required actions” for U.S. government agencies to prevent widespread DNS hijacking attacks.
The Department of Homeland Security is ordering all federal agencies to urgently audit Domain Name System (DNS) security for their domains in the next 10 business days.
The department’s rare “emergency directive,” issued Tuesday, warned that multiple government domains have been targeted by DNS hijacking attacks, allowing attackers to redirect and intercept web and mail traffic.
“[The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency] (CISA) is aware of multiple executive branch agency domains that were impacted by the tampering campaign and has notified the agencies that maintain them,” said the alert.
The warning comes on the heels of a Jan. 10 FireEye report which detailed a wave of DNS hijacking attacks targeting victims in North America, Europe, Middle East and North Africa.
DNS hijacking is a type of malicious attack in which an individual redirects queries to a domain name server via overriding a computer’s transmission control protocol/internet protocol (TCP/IP) settings – generally by modifying a server’s settings.
The DHS, for its part, said that the attacker begins by logging into the DNS provider’s administration panel using previously-compromised credentials.
The attacker then alters DNS records – including the address mail exchanger or name server records – and replaces the legitimate address of a service with their own address controls, thus redirecting traffic. Attackers can also alter and tamper with the traffic flows.
“This enables them to direct user traffic to their own infrastructure for manipulation or inspection before passing it on to the legitimate service, should they choose,” said the DHS in its advisory. “This creates a risk that persists beyond the period of traffic redirection.”
Since the attackers can set record values for the domain name systems, they can obtain valid encryption certificates for an organization’s domain names; this allows browsers to establish a connection without any certificate errors as the certificate can be trusted, FireEye researchers said. In the most recent campaigns, the attackers have used certificates from the Let’s Encrypt open certificate authority.
That valid certificate then enables the redirected traffic to be decrypted and exposes any user-submitted data.
The emergency directive issued by the DHS provides “required actions” that government agencies must fulfill in the next 10 business days.
“To address the significant and imminent risks to agency information and information systems presented by this activity, this emergency directive requires… near-term actions to mitigate risks from undiscovered tampering, enable agencies to prevent illegitimate DNS activity for their domains and detect unauthorized certificates,” said the report.
First, the DHS said all .gov domain admins must audit their DNS records over the next 10 days to verify if any traffic is being redirected.
The department also urged agencies to update their passwords for all accounts on systems that can make changes to agency DNS records, and to implement multi-factor authentication for accounts on DNS admin systems. Finally, agencies are being directed to monitor certificate transparency logs.
The warning comes as the U.S. government enters its 33rd day of a shutdown (as of Wednesday), a longstanding incident which has sparked concerns about its impact across the board when it comes to security.
Researchers assess “with moderate confidence” that the recent DNS hijacking activity is conducted by a group or groups in Iran, and that the activity aligns with Iranian government interests.
The attacks have been observed in clusters between January 2017 to January 2019, the researchers said in an analysis of the attacks.
Alister Shepherd, MEA director of Mandiant at FireEye, told Threatpost that the campaign is ongoing – but that there is no indication of how many credentials have been harvested thus far. However, researcher do state that the attackers had “a high degree of success” harvesting targets’ credentials.
This most recent DNS hijacking campaign “showcases the continuing evolution in tactics from Iran-based actors,” FireEye researchers stressed. “This is an overview of one set of TTPs that we recently observed affecting multiple entities.”
In recent decades, there exist an imminent familiarity of terms like; Bluejacking (sending of unsolicited messages over Bluetooth-enabled devices, Clickjacking (A malicious technique of tricking users into clicking something different from what they perceive), Juice jacking ( A cyber attack wherein malware is installed on to, or data surreptitiously copied from, a computer device using a charging port that doubles as a data connection) and Pagejacking (illegally copying a legitimate website content to another website with the aim of replicating the original website) including an endless “jacking” list in computer security, but none like Formjacking.
In September 2018, Formjacking was officially announced by Symantec Corp in this article, with properly outlined records of massive widespread afterward.
The code shown collects the payment information entered by users on the website and posts it to the domain google-analyitics.org in the scenario. This domain is usually a typo-squatted version of the legitimate Google Analytics domain, google-analytics.com and very easily admissible by users.
Taking note of the increasing number of payment information-stealing script injections available daily especially by script kiddies who have little or no technical understanding of injection attack, but skilled enough to make use of off-the-shelf tools and judging by the current security trends today, This was no news.
The image below shows how the infection chain is implemented.
Prevalence In recent months, an uptick in formjacking attacks against high-profile websites across the globe have been noticed. Websites from security-conscious countries like the U.S., Japan, Germany, and Australia, among other countries, have also being injected with formjacking scripts.
Considering the current standpoint of this vulnerability, which allows attackers to gain unauthorized access to the customer’s checkout information of large companies by exploiting the weaknesses in smaller businesses used by the larger company to provide different services, the big picture of this attack points to the fact that the actual number of infected websites is bound to be higher.
Unfortunately for prospective and current victims. It is hard and almost impossible to tell the existence or extent of a formjacking attack as their websites continue to operate as usual, because attackers are sophisticated, stealthy and take advantage of the fact that this is a much more recent vulnerability.