Trustwave: Cybercriminals tend to attack retailers and mobile devices

CHICAGO: Trustwave, a provider of cloud-based compliance and information security solutions has unveiled key results from the 2013 Trustwave Global Security Report which was generated through data collected and analysed by Trustwave security experts. The study found the retail industry is now the top target for cyber-criminals.

For the first time, the retail industry made up 45 per cent of Trustwave data breach investigations (a 15% increase from 2011) with e-commerce attacks emerging as a growing trend surpassing the amount of point-of-sales attacks. Additionally, mobile malware increased 400 per cent, with malware found on Android devices growing from 50,000 to more than 200,000 samples. The report also revealed that out of three million user passwords analysed, 50 per cent of business users are still using easily-guessed passwords—the most common being “Password1” because it often meets the minimum standard for acceptable passwords. The findings indicated that in 2012, nearly every industry, country and type of data was involved in a breach of some kind with cyber-security threats increasing as quickly as businesses can implement measures against them.

The report will be available to the public prior to the RSA Conference in San Francisco, February 25. To have the details of the report, please sign up to receive a complimentary digital copy of the report when it becomes generally available at

Author: Terry KS

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