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Spear-Phishing Attacks Increased by 55 Percent in 2015 - Samsung Business Insights (blog)


Symantec recently published its 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, detailing threats captured through its worldwide intelligence sources. It estimates that more than half a billion personal records were lost or stolen during 2015, illustrating that no one should consider themselves immune from a data breach. The report provides details on the main attack vectors used, including spear-phishing attacks and ransomware.

In total, the number of identities exposed grew 23 percent in 2015 to reach 429 million lost in confirmed breaches. Furthermore, Symantec cautions that the number of breaches seen in 2015 is likely considerably higher than reported, as there was an increase of 85 percent in organizations choosing not to report the full extent of breaches experienced, meaning that this could just be the tip of the iceberg.

Industries Most Likely to Be Breached

Organizations operating in the health sector are the most likely to suffer a data breach, accounting for 39 percent of...(continued)

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