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Hackers are winning, survey claims

Published 28/05/2014 | 12:47

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The hackers are winning, according to a survey of 500 US business executives, law enforcement services and government agencies.

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The 12th annual survey of cyber crime trends found that online attackers determined to break into computers, steal information and interfere with business are more technologically advanced than those trying to stop them.

Three out of four respondents said they had detected a security breach in the past year, and the average number of security intrusions was 135 per organisation, the survey found.

"Despite substantial investments in cyber security technologies, cyber criminals continue to find ways to circumvent these technologies in order to obtain sensitive information that they can monetise," Ed Lowery, who heads the US Secret Service's criminal investigative division, said in a written statement.

Lowery said companies and the government need to take "a radically different approach to cyber security," which goes beyond antivirus software, training employees, working closely with contractors and setting up tighter processes.

The top five cyber attack methods reported in the survey were malware, phishing, network interruption, spyware and denial-of-service attacks. And 28% of respondents said the attackers were insiders, either contractors or current and former employees or service providers, according to the survey.

The survey was co-sponsored by San Jose, California-based business consulting firm PwC, the US Secret Service, the Cert Division of Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute and CSO security news magazine.

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