Businesses face rise in hacking attacks

By Bill Goodwin

Source: Information security breaches survey 2012

Seven out of 10 large organisations reported significant hacking attempts against their networks in 2012, the highest level recorded. One is seven organisations revealed they had been successfully hacked, with the majority detecting suspected hackers in their networks several times over the past 12 months.

Denial of service attacks affected a third of large businesses and nearly half of all telecoms providers. All sectors reported attackers on the internet trying to impersonate them through phishing and other attacks. Financial services and government bodies reported several phishing attacks a day.  Identity fraud has risen threefold since 2008, with criminals impersonating bank customers one of the most prevalent problems.

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