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In 2011, attacks by so-called hacktivists accounted for more data theft than those motivated by espionage or finance, according to a new comprehensive global report.Verizon’s 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report PDF, which was produced in conjunction with the U.S. Secret Service and law enforcement agencies in Ireland, the Netherlands, the U.K. and Australia, found that 58% of data stolen world-wide was the result of hacktivist activity even though they were responsible for only 3% of the incidents. Cyber criminals continue to be the biggest threat with 83% of data breaches.Hacktivists are computer criminals who target companies typically for political reasons, while cybercriminals tend to be financially motivated. “Most data thieves are professional criminals deliberately trying to steal information they can turn into cash,” according to the report.
Contrary to the image of China as a nearly invincible cyber powerhouse, Beresford says in an interview with Threatpost Editor Paul Roberts, that the fast-growing nation suffers from woeful cyber security practices at home that leave, literally, thousands of networks and databases vulnerable to even trivial, remote attacks. Beresford, who publicized holes in domestic Chinese SCADA systems in September, 2010, said the country’s aggressive cyber offense abroad, he said, is in stark contrast to an almost total lack of basic cyber defense at home that has left both classified and unclassified government networks vulnerable to attack and compromise. That should give the Chinese government pause as it ponders the consequences of a global campaign of cyber espionage, and create an opportunity for the U.S. and China to de-escalate what he sees as a growing cyber arms race. Beresford has publicized holes in recent weeks highlighting insecure mail servers and databaseshe has uncovered. He spoke to Roberts on April 26th, 2011.